Seminars

The MHS organizes seven seminar series that operate from September to May. These sessions bring together a diverse group of scholars and interested members of the public to workshop a pre-circulated paper. After brief remarks from the author and an assigned commentator, the discussion is opened to the floor. All are encouraged to ask questions, provide feedback on the circulated essay, and discuss the topic at hand. Our sessions are free and open to everyone. Register here to attend and receive the session papers. 

Upcoming Events

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Throughout early modern Europe and the Atlantic World, individuals recorded details of earthquakes in diaries…

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This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception will begin at 4:30 pm. 

Some people marry for love, others marry to avoid prison. This paper explores the latter. There is…

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This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception will begin at 4:30 pm. 

This paper explains how and why early Americans came to believe Chinese tea had healing powers.…

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James Bradley was not the first African American to study at Oberlin College, but chroniclers and historians of abolition have long mistaken the…

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Among the best known yet least understood occult texts in early America, Joshua Gordon’s “Witchcraft Book” reveals a stunning culture of Scots-Irish folk medicine, cunning magic, and witch hunting…

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Elite white women in the British Atlantic world commemorated transitions in their lives with shellwork grottos, shadow box scenes, dollhouses, and…

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This paper is a chapter on the short and long-term influences of King Philip’s War for A New History of American Political Thought,…