WMQ-EMSI Workshop

Early American Biographies

Huntington Library
Overseers' Room and Garden Terrace

Presenters’ papers are precirculated among the workshop participants. In each hour-long session devoted to a particular paper, brief respondents’ comments will be followed by thirty minutes of discussion among the participants. Audience members will then be invited to join the conversation.

Registration is limited; requests for registration and access to the workshop papers should be sent to Kelly Crawford (kscraw@wm.edu).

May 25, 2012

9-9:30am ~ Coffee

Welcome and Introduction

Peter Mancall,
Early Modern Studies Institute
Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly
Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School

Session 1 
Steven W. Hackel, University of California Riverside
"The Many Worlds of Father Junipero Serra, California's Founding Father"

Session 2
Rachel Hope Cleves, University of Victoria, British Columbia
"'Miss Bryant was the Man': A Female Husband in Early America"

Session 3
Gregory Nobles, Georgia Tech
"Audubon's Origins: A Sketchy Self-Portrait in Black and White"

1-2:30pm ~ Lunch

Session 4
Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan
"Popote: A Life History of Slavery, Law, and the Haitian Diaspora"

3:30-4pm ~ Coffee

Session 5
Joshua Piker, University of Oklahoma
"'Called by us the Acorn Whistler': Biography, Microhistory, and the Ragged Edge of the Historical Record"

May 26, 2012

9-9:30am ~ Coffee

Session 6
James Sidbury, Rice University
James H. Sweet, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"African Lives, Atlantic Biography: The Individual, the Group, and Non-Western Subjectivities"

Session 7
Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Brigham Young University
"A Seventeenth-Century Indian in King Charles' Court: The Atlantic Worlds of John Wompas"

11:30am-12noon ~ Coffee

Session 8
Catherine O'Donnell, Arizona State University
"A Saint, I Tell You: Elizabeth Seton's Oft-Told, Untold Life"

1-2:30pm ~ Lunch

Session 9
Michael Oberg, State University of New York, Geneseo
"Eleazer Williams and the War of 1812"

Final Discussion
Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Law School

The WMQ-EMSI Workshops are sponsored by the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and are hosted by the Huntington Library and the University of Southern California.

 Parson Weems’ Fable by Grant Wood (1891–1942). Oil on canvas, 1939, 38 x 50 inches. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 1970.43.