Outside of Harvard

2018 Aug 24

MHS: "A Brazen Wall to Keep the Scriptures Certainty": European Biblical Scholarship in Early America

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, European scholars made significant advances in the historical and critical study of the Bible, often with highly controversial and factious results. This talk will examine how such exciting but potentially subversive European scholarship was received and transformed by its early American readers, through a close study of the books owned and annotated by seventeenth-century readers in New England and elsewhere.

SPEAKER

Kirsten Macfarlane, University of Cambridge

2018 Aug 08

MHS: The World Becomes Round: Cultural and Commercial Connections between Bombay Parsis and Yankees, 1771-1861

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

This talk focuses on the commercial and cultural connections between New Englanders and Parsis in Bombay from the 1770s to the 1850s. Commercially, the Parsis began to act as agent-brokers for Massachusetts merchants in the late 1780s. But Parsi Zoroastrian religious ideas and rituals were already known to at least a few readers in New England by spring of 1772, when the first European translations of Zoroastrian texts were sent, at Benjamin Franklin’s recommendation, to the Redwood Athenaeum’s librarian.

Speaker:

Jennifer Rose, Claremont Graduate University...

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2018 Jul 13

MHS: Notes on Phillis Wheatley: Prodigy, Poetics, and the Science of the Human, 1761-1800

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Event is Free. No Registration Required. 

Camille Owens, Yale University

This talk studies Phillis Wheatley’s significance to the history of black prodigy, focusing on Wheatley’s education as an enslaved child. It reconstructs Wheatley’s education in relation to early American philosophy and pedagogy of childhood, looking to primers, tract literature, and the influence of Locke. From there, it examines the often-cited (and likely fictionalized) “trials” of Phillis Wheatley—and to Jefferson’s Notes on Wheatley—to show...

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2018 Jul 11

MHS: Disestablishing Virtue: Federalism, Religion, and New England Women Writers

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Event is Free. No Registration Required. 

Gretchen Murphy, University of Texas at Austin

This talk examines the religious expressions of 18th- and 19th-century female Federalist writers, specifically Catharine Sedgwick, in the context of the Federalist commitment to public religion. Sedgwick’s 1824 novel Redwood looks to the French Revolution as a site of U.S. debate about role of religion in a republic, signaling her interest in her father’s earlier Federalism while staking her position in the...

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2018 Jun 30

MHS: Martin Luther King in Boston Walking Tour

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

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As a doctoral student at Boston University’s School of Theology, Martin Luther King, Jr., spent some of his formative years walking the streets of Boston and living in the South End. His life in Boston was King’s first immersive experience outside of the segregated South and while he experienced the de facto racism of the North...

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2018 Jun 26

MHS: William James on Democratic Individuality

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30

Stephen Bush, Brown University

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

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William James advocated a philosophy of democracy and pluralism that emphasizes individual and collective responsibility for our social arrangements, our morality, and our religion. In James’s view, democracy resides first...

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2018 Jun 25

MHS: Dis-Union: Disability and the U.S. Civil War

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Jean Franzino, Beloit College

This talk will examine the emerging legal category of the “disabled” American at the end of the nineteenth century in relation to the construction of disability in Civil War literature, broadly conceived. In texts ranging from hospital newspaper poetry to mendicant narratives sold for veterans’ financial support, representations of Civil War injury engaged shifting understandings of disability: from individual condition to evolving social class.

   
2018 Jun 22

MHS: Cut from the Same Cloth: Salem, Zanzibar, and the Consolidation of the Indo-Atlantic World, 1820-1870

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Event is Free. No Registration Required.

Joshua Morrison, University of Virginia

This talk explores the economic and cultural exchange between New England and Zanzibar, the premier entrepôt of the Western Indian Ocean. This trade network linked the cotton magnates of Massachusetts with the Omani elite, Indian merchants, and Swahili slaves of Zanzibar. As the trade expanded, each close-knit community found themselves increasingly dependent on an incredibly foreign counterpart for survival. This project maps the many compromises, adaptations...

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2018 Jun 20

MHS: Picturing Modernism in the Work and Archive of Henry Adams

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Matthew Fernandez, Columbia University

This talk examines three interrelated elements of Henry Adams’s literary output: his transnational focus, his reconsideration of subject/object relations, and his interest in the visual arts. While travelling during the 1890s, Adams took a break from writing to immerse himself in painting and sketching—after which he produced acclaimed works like Chartres and The Education. His time abroad represents an important transitional moment between the Romanticism of the nineteenth century and the Modernism of...

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