Past Events

December 18, 2014 - 5:30 pm
William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, "Paths to the Great Swamp Fight, December 19, 1675"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
December 17, 2014 - 4 pm
Jennifer Saracino, Tulane University, Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow. "Shifting Landscapes: The Mapa Uppsala and Its Sources"
Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World (SHAW)
December 10, 2014 - 4 pm
Philip Morgan, Johns Hopkins University. "The Early Mapping of the Caribbean"
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
December 3, 2014 - 12 pm
Nancy van Dusen, Queen’s University, Canada, InterAmericas Fellow, funded by The Reed Foundation. "The Disappearance of the Past: Indigenous Slavery in the Early Modern Iberian World"
No Fellow's Talk
No talk because of Thanksgiving holiday
Short-Term Fellow's Talk

November 19, 2014 - 4 pm
Stuart McManus, Harvard University, Department of History. "Spanish Ciceros and Indigenous Ovids: Humanism in the Spanish Empire"
1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context
November 18, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Colin Calloway, Dartmouth College, will speak on "Powers in the Land: Indian Nations and the Limits of Empire in North America," Co-presented with the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and the John Carter Brown Library's lecture series in celebration of Brown University's 250th anniversary.
November 13, 2014 - 6 pm
Rhode Island Center for the Book: Art of the Book Program
Jeremy Dibbell, Rare Book School, “Ownership Marks in Early American Books:  Oddities & Outliers”
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
November 12, 2014 - 4 pm
Stephen Hay, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow."Distance and Difference: A Maritime History of Communication in the Atlantic"
November 10, 2014 -4 pm
Community MusicWorks
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
November 5, 2014 - 12 pm
Tatiana Seijas, Miami University, R. David Parsons Fellow. "The Indian Camino Real: Indigenous Trade and Industry in Colonial North America"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
October 29, 2014 - 4 pm
Jorun Poettering, Independent Scholar, Norman Fiering / Almeida Family Fellow. "Water, Slaves, and Civil Society in Colonial Rio de Janeiro"
Tour of the Exhibition: Family Weekend
October 25, 2014 - 11 am
Neil Safier, Director and Librarian of the JCB: tour of the exhibition, "Off to College"
Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World (SHAW)
October 22, 2014 - 4 pm
Anya Zilberstein (Concordia University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology). "Inured to Empire: Wild Rice for a Cooling Climate
1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context (video here)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 5:30 pm
George Marsden, University of Notre Dame, "The Old Learning, The New Light, and The Enlightenment: Contexts for Education ca. 1764." Part of the Department of History, the Department of Education, and the John Carter Brown Library's lecture series in celebration of Brown University's 250th anniversary
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
October 15, 2014 - 4 pm
Patricia A. McAnany, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow. "Violent Encounters on the Early Colonial Heritage-scapes of Mesoamerica"
The Earliest Americas
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 4 pm
Native Americana: A Roundtable on Indigenous History and Memory. Moderated by Matthew Restall, Pennsylvania State University,  with Daryl Baldwin, Miami Tribe, Christine DeLucia, Mt. Holyoke College, Joshua Reid, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Heather Roller, Colgate University
The Earliest Americas (video here)
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Ned Blackhawk, Yale University, "The Rediscovery of America: American Indians and the Unmaking of U. S. History"
The Earliest Americas
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 5:00 PM
Screening of the Film, "Oil and Water"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
October 8, 2014 - 4 pm
Nathan Wachtel, Collège de France, Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Fellow. "Indians, Jews, and Messianism in the Americas (16th to 17th Centuries)"
Special First-Year Undergraduate Event

October 2, 2014 - 4 pm
Ecuador Before Ecuador: Indigenous and Early Amazonian History in the JCB’s Collection. The filmmakers, Laurel Spellman Smith and Francine Strickwerda, and film protagonists, David Poritz and Hugo Lucitante discuss "Oil and Water."
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
October 1, 2014 12 pm
Kathryn Burns, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. "From Ransoming to Slaving: Relations of Resgate in the Iberian Atlantic World"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
September 24, 2014 - 4 pm
Jake Frederick, Lawrence University, "Fire Power: Public Safety and State Control in Colonial Mexico
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
September 17, 2014 - 4 pm
Cameron M. Shriver, The Ohio State University, Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow. "Miami-Illinois Nationalism in the Eighteenth Century"
1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context (video here)
September 11, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Craig Steven Wilder, " The Paradox of the Jewish Indians: Religion and Race on the Colonial Campus"
September 10, 2014 - 4 pm
FIND IT AT THE JCB!  Highlights from our collection.
A Special Program for Brown Graduate Students
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
September 3, 2014 - 4 pm
Michele Reid-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh, InterAmericas Fellow, funded by The Reed Foundation / Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow. "Revolution, Race, and the Rhetoric of Liberty in the Atlantic World"
August 27, 2014 - 4 pm
Jeremy Ravi Mumford,  Brown University, "Inka Royal Incest"
August 20, 2014 - 4 pm
Margot McIlwain Nishimura, Deputy Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library. "Both Sides Now: Looking at the JCB’s Agnese Atlas from Different Perspectives"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 13, 2014 - 4 pm
Roxana Nakashima, Independent Scholar, Alexander O. Vietor Memorial Fellow. "Galleys in the Caribbean during the Sixteenth Century"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 6, 2014 - 4 pm
Kim F. Hall, Barnard College, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow. "Looking for Labor: Agricultural Ideals and Representations of Slavery in the English Caribbean"
July 30, 2014 - 4 pm
Jim Muldoon, Rutgers University, Emeritus. "What Did English Royal Charters Actually Grant to Colonists?"
July 23, 2014 - 4 pm
Patricia U. Bonomi, New York University, Emerita. "New Netherland Reborn: Saving a Colony from Erasure by Anglo-American Winners' History"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
July 16, 2014 - 4 pm
Ahmed Reid, Bronx Community College (CUNY), Norman Fiering / Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow. "Slavery and Economic Growth in the Age of Abolition, 1783-1807"
July 9, 2014 - 4 pm
Surekha Davies, Western Connecticut State University. "Sir Walter Ralegh’s Headless Men: Wonder, Observation and Credibility in the Renaissance"
JCB Picnic
June 27, 2014 - 12-5 pm
Library closed
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
June 25, 2014 - 4 pm
Alpen Razi, University of Toronto, Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow. "Captivating the Mind: Mental Slavery, the New World Slave Society, and the Eighteenth-Century Didactic Imagination"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
June 18, 2014 - 4 pm
Christopher Tozzi, Howard University, Jane L. Keddy Memorial Fellow. "Punishment en masse": Power, Identity and Violence in the Post-Revolutionary Caribbean"
Talk (video here)
June 11, 2014 - 4 pm
Chet Van Duzer, Independent Research Scholar. "Martin Waldseemüller's Carta marina (1516)"
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
June 4, 2014 - 12 noon
Anoush F. Terjanian, East Carolina University, InterAmerican Fellow, funded by The Reed Foundation. "Thinking Inside the Box: What Can the Brown Framily Business Records Tell Us about Eighteen-Century France, "the East," and Merchant Culture?"
Bromsen Lecture (video here)
May 29, 2014 -  5:30 pm
A talk on the true story that inspired Herman Melville's other masterpiece, Benito Cereno.
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 28, 2014 - 4pm
Urvashi Chakravarty, University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa, Norman Fiering / Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow. "Child’s Play: Slavery, Pedagogy, and Juvenile Mastery"
May 21, 2014 - 4pm
Jean Bauer, Digital Humanities Librarian, Brown University, and Jim Egan, English Department, Brown University. "Mapping Colonial Americas Publishing Project"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 14, 2014 - 4 pm
Bethan Fisk, University of Toronto, CANADA, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom/JCB Library Associates Fellow, "Conversions, Christianities, and People of Colour in West Africa and New Granada"
Annual Meeting
May 9, 2014 - 5:30 pm
John Demos, Yale University, “On the Trail of the Heathen School: Local History, American History, World History”
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
May 7, 2014 - 12 pm
Amara Solari, Pennsylvania State University, National Endownment for the Humanities Fellow, "Our Moveable Mary of Mercy: Disesase and Divinity in Seventeenth-Century Yucatan"
"JCB | Brown British Atlantic Seminar

May 3, 2014 - 5:50 pm
Carla Pestana, UCLA,  “The Initial Vision for an English Jamaica”

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
April 23, 2014 - 4 pm
Sheryllynne Haggerty, University of Nottingham, Alexander O. Vietor Memorial Fellow. "Liverpool's Atlantic Trade in the Era of Abolition: Or Cotton? Or War?"
1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context
April 22, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University, "The World is Not Enough: Brown circa 1764 (and circa 2014)"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
April 16, 2014 - 4 pm
Katherine Johnston, Columbia University, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow. "Environmental Thinking in the Greater Caribbean: An Eighteenth-Century Perspective.
Stillwell Prize and Talk
April 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Nicholas Basbanes will discuss his most recent book, On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History.
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
April 9, 2014 - 4 pm
Ann Blair, Harvard University. Rare Book Workshop, sponsored by the Watts Program, on "Why Copies of Early Printed Books are Unique."
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
April 2, 2014 - 12 noon
Emily Button, Brown University, J. M. Stuart Fellow. "Race, Wealth, and Belonging in the Archaeology of American Whaling"
Fellow's Talk
March 26, 2014 - 4 pm
Kenneth C. Ward, John Carter Brown Library, Curator of Latin American Books. "Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries"
Vasco da Gama Annual Lecture
March 20, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Roquinaldo Ferreira, Brown University. "Writing the History of Aboliitionism in the Portuguese South Atlantic" Remarks by His Excellency Nuno Brito, Ambassador of Portugal to the United States
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
March 19, 2014 - 4 pm
Isaac Saenz, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, PERU, Maria Elena Cassiet Fellow. "Hybrid Links, Liquid Maps. Networks, Agents, and Cartographic Practices in Late Viceroyalty of Peru"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
March 12, 2014 - 4 pm
Guillermo García Montúfar, Johns Hopkins University, Alice E. Adams Fellow. "Creoles and the Crown: Spanish-Americans and the Language of Creole Rights in 17th-Century Peru"
Long-Term Fellow's Talk

March 5, 2014 - 12 noon
Matthew Restall, Pennsylvania State University, Donald L. Saunders Fellow. "The Meeting: Cortes & Montezuma Revisited"
JCB | Brown British Atlantic Seminar
March 3, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Eric Slauter (University of Chicago), “The Selling of Scipio Moorhead: The American Revolution, Slavery, and the Market for an African Painter”

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
February 26, 2014 - 5 pm
Nicholas Crawford, Harvard University, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow. "Calamity Economics: U.S. Foodstuffs and the Political Economy of the British West Indies, c. 1783-1815"
Symposium Presenting the History of Slavery

February 21, 2014 - 9pm
Presented by the John Carter Brown Library and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage. 10 am-4pm
Curating Slavery: Archives and History
Reception and Artist Talk
February 20, 2014 - 5 pm

Reception for exhibition 5-6:30 pm
Artist Talk by Edouard Duval-Carrié
JCB | Brown British Atlantic Seminar
February 19, 2014 - 5:30pm
Robert Fanuzzi, St. John's University, New York: "The Archive, the Market, and the Plantation: Moreau de St. Mery and the Triangle Trade in Americanist Discourse"
Long-Term Fellow's Talk

February 19, 2014 - 12 noon
Miguel Martinez, University of Chicago, National Endowment for the Humanities / Donald L. Saunders Fellow. "New World War: Writing Victory and Defeat in Colonial Chile"
Early Oceanic Histories

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 4pm
American Oecologies: A Roundtable on Environmental History
Early Oceanic Histories
Sonia Galletti Lecture: W. Jeffrey Bolster
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail
Early Oceanic Histories
Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 5pm
Screening of the Film: Leviathan
Fellow's Talk
January 29, 2014 - 12:30pm
Christina Connett, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, New Bedford Whaling Museum.
"Yankee Whalers and their Logbooks: Data Sets and Mapping Weather and Whales."January 22, 2014 - 12:30pm
Cancelled. Will be rescheduled.

Fellow's Talk
January 15, 2014 - 12:30pm
Robert Geake, Independent Scholar
"A Nation Divided: An Inquiry into Race and Inter-Tribal Relations in the Aftermath of Narragansett Slavery."