Conferences and Symposia

October 12-14, 2014
The Earliest Americas: A New Initiative in Indigenous Studies

 The film "Oil & Water" was screened on Oct. 12. Ned Blackhawk, Yale University, spoke on October 13 on "The Rediscovery of America: American Indians and the Unmaking of U. S. History." Tuesday, October 14,   a roundtable on "Native Americana: A Roundtable on Indigenous History and Memory," brought together scholars.  


February 9-11, 2014
Early Oceanic Histories: A New Initiative in Environmental Studies


On February 9 the film, Leviathan, was screened with a Q & A by the director, Lucien Castaign-Taylor. On February 10, the Sonia Galletti Lecture was given by W. Jeffrey Bolster, and on February 11, a roundtable on Environmental History, titled "American Oecologies," brought together a number of notable scholars.



April 22, 2014-May 23, 2015
1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context

The Department of History and the John Carter Brown Library present a lecture series in celebration of Brown University's 250th Anniversary. The seven lectures will cover globalization, the slave trade, education, natives and empires, religion, health and medicine, and politics and governance, and have been organized in coordination with the Departments of Education and Religious Studies, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, the School of Public Health, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, and the Watson Institute for International Studies.



December 5-6, 2013

Interconnected: Finding East Asia in Early America
The European discovery of the Americas took place within the context of trying to reach Asia, and as the continued exploration of the Americas was framed by maritime and commercial ambitions regarding Asia, much of the print literature of the early modern period concerning exploration and colonization of the Americas also concerns—or primarily concerns—Asia.  This symposium will re-examine prevailing historical narratives from a new perspective.


October 25-26, 2013

Beyond Sweetness
A conference—in conjunction with the Library’s Fall 2013 exhibition on sugar in the early modern period—on new histories of sugar in the early Atlantic world. Please go to the conference website for information. Videos of all the sessions may be seen on Brown University's YouTube channel.


September 26, 2013-April 24, 2014

JCB/Brown British Atlantic Seminar (JBBAS) A series of presentations and discussions to encourage dialogue across the Early Modern Britain and Colonial North America divide. Co-organized by the JCB and the departments of History and English and funded in part by the Humanities Initiative at Brown University. Please see series website for more information here.


September 13, 2013

German Science and the Creation of Knowledge in the Atlantic World
This symposium brings together leading scholars to discuss the history of science in early modern Central Europe and its connections to the Atlantic World. The German-speaking lands, divided by political and sectarian boundaries in the 16th and 17th centuries, were a scene of intellectual ferment and led to a reconception of the world.

Registration required for symposium, www.german-atlantic.eventbrite.com
Hosted by the John Carter Brown Library and generously supported by the Program in Science and Technology Studies, Brown University, and the German Consulate General Boston.


June 9, 2013

Public Symposium - 1763 and the Americas
Co-presented with the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration (based at the Old State House Museum, Boston) and supported in part by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, this Providence-Boston program brought together leading scholars to consider new perspectives on the Seven Years' War,  the 1763 Treaty of Paris that concluded it, and more.


April 24-26, 2013

The Classical Tradition in the Atlantic World A symposium, co-sponsored by the JCB and the departments of Hispanic Studies and Classics at Brown University, on Classical education and learning in the Americas


February 14-April 18, 2013

JCB/Brown British Atlantic Seminar A pilot series of papers and discussions to encourage dialogue across the Early Modern Britain and Colonial North America divide.


June 7-10, 2012

JCB Fellows" 50th To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the JCB’s Fellowship Program, the Library hosted a celebratory conference for June 7-10, 2012, on “The Use of Old Sources in New Ways.” The conference explored some of the “new ways” that scholars and educators are using and will use the “old sources” in the JCB. Go to the JCB Fellows' 50th Conference website for the program and photographs of the event.