To break down isolation among graduate students and promote the sharing of knowledge, the Colonial Society periodically convenes a forum during which graduate students give progress reports on their research thus far and seek advice from an audience of fellow graduate students and their advisors concerning problems they have encountered with their research.

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts
Graduate Student Forum in Early American History
29 May 2015

9 am  Dead or Alive: Scrutinizing Bodies in Early America
Carla Cevasco, History of American Civilization, Harvard                       
Feast, Fast, and Flesh: The Violence of Hunger in Colonial New England and New France

Matt DiCintio, Department of Drama & Dance,Tufts     
“Amusement for the Philosophic Genius”: Freaks, Beasts, Gadgets, and the Performance of American Exceptionalism

Rebecca M. Rosen, English, Princeton 
Making the Body Speak: Anatomy, Autopsy and Testimony in Early America, 1639-1790

10:45 am Liberty at War: Race, Equity, and Constitution-Making in Massachusetts
John Hannigan, History, Brandeis 
To be Faithful Good Soldiers: Slavery, War, and Emancipation in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts, 1713-1783

James Hrdlicka, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia    
War and Constitution-Making in Revolutionary Massachusetts, 1754-1788

Lunch  Break:  12:15 to 1:15

1:20 pm On the Move: Migration, Diaspora, and Identities in the Transatlantic World: 
Anthony Antonucci.   History, University of Connecticut
“Americans and the Mezzogiorno: United States Relations with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies from Thomas Jefferson to Herman Melville, 1783-1861”

Christina Carrick, History, Boston University    
The Identity Dilemma in Loyalist Transatlantic Networks

Amy Torbert, Department of Art History, University of Delaware
Going Places: The Material and Imagined Geographies of Prints in the Atlantic World, 1750–1790

3 p.m.  Closing Reflections 
Fred and Virginia AndersonUniversity of Colorado

All sessions held at the Colonial Society of Massachusetts
87 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Rave Reviews from Previous Participants: “A wonderful new venue for young historians of early America; may it long continue.” (John Demos).  
Student comments: “The warm, positive feedback and direction I received fired my enthusiasm for research. It was truly invaluable” (University of California, Davis). “Challenging, and energetic; I took away practical suggestions from both the CSM membership and other graduate student presenters” (Tufts University). “. . . stimulating scholarly exchange combined with wonderful food” (University of Connecticut). “It was my first presentation, and I certainly appreciated the comfortable surroundings" (Princeton). “A platform to voice concerns, dilemmas, and even accomplishments to a distinguished audience” (Salem State University). “My participation in the forum was really the highlight of my graduate career to date” (SUNY Stony Brook).



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