The History Department at Rutgers-Camden announces its Lees Seminar for 2022-2023, where scholars present cutting-edge research in progress through pre-circulated papers. Seminars open with an author’s introduction and a formal comment, followed by discussion and light refreshments. This series is supported by an endowment gift from Professor Andrew Lees.

Unless otherwise noted, the Lees Seminar is held in the first-floor seminar room of 429 Cooper Street at 4 pm. Maps and directions are available on the Rutgers-Camden site. If you are planning to attend a session, please RSVP to the Director of the Program, Professor Kendra Boyd (, at least one week in advance. 

2022-2023 Schedule

October 28, 2022 (Friday) 10:00 – 11:00 am ** VIRTUAL SESSION ON ZOOM**
Diversity and Exclusion: Sri Lanka’s Troubled Cinema Inheritance (1900-1968)

VILASNEE TAMPOE-HAUTIN, Université de la Réunion
Comment: Meheli Sen (Cinema Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick)

*This is a joint Rutgers–Camden/ Université de la Réunion seminar. In this special session, Professor Tampoe-Hautin will give a 30-minute talk on her research followed by a comment and Q&A. There will not be a pre-circulated paper for this event.

November 18, 2022 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
“They Have Had Several Dates Since the Dance”: Sex, Dating, and the Black Family
MIYA CAREY, Binghamton University
Comment: Susan Miller (Childhood Studies, Rutgers–Camden)

December 2, 2022 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
The Invention of the Kamikaze: Wartime Resistance to ‘Certain Death’ Tactics in the Japanese Military
NICK KAPUR, Rutgers University–Camden
Comment: Sheldon Garon (Princeton University)

March 3, 2023 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
May Day: Poverty and Rent Distraint in Early Republic New York
KRISTIN O’BRASSILL-KULFAN, Rutgers University-New Brunswick  
Comment: Andrew Shankman (Rutgers-Camden)   

March 24, 2023 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Missionaries and West African Colonization
BEN WRIGHT, University of Texas-Dallas  
Comment: Lori Daggar (Ursinus College)

April 14, 2023 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
The Socialist Lives of Angela Davis: An Afro-Pessimist Reading of Blackness in the Post-War Soviet Union
KIMBERLY ST. JULIAN-VARNON, PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Comment: Maxim Matusevich (Seton Hall University)


Past Seminars