Past Events

Long-Term Fellow's Talk
October 7, 2015 - 12 pm
Cristobal Silva, Columbia University, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow. Chancellor's Dining Room in the Sharpe Refectory, Brown University. "Republic of Medicine and the Ethics of Care: Reading History as Narrative Form"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk

September 30, 2015 - 4 pm
Jordan Smith, Georgetown University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow. "The Invention of Rum: A View from Rhode Island"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
September 23, 2015 - 4 pm
Hayley Negrin, New York University, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow. "Conversion or Capital?: Indian Women and Children, English Colonialism, and the Morality of the Indian Slave Trade in the Early American South"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
September 16, 2015 -  4 pm
Scott Cave, Pennsylvania State University, Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellow. "A Message Given through Signs: Communication and the Labor of Contact in 16th Century Latin America"
September 11, 2015 - 3 pm
America in a Global Context. Participants: Ben Breen (Society of Fellows, Columbia University), Lindsay Van Tine (University of Pennsylvania), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University), Roquinaldo Ferreira (Brown University). Joan-Pau Rubiés, moderator
Maury A. Bromsen Memorial
September 10, 2015 - 4 pm
Joan-Pau Rubiés, ICREA Research Professor, Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies | Universitat Pompeu Fabra, "Ethnographies and Natural History from the New World to the Philippines"
Special Program for Brown Graduate Students
September 9, 2015 - 4 pm
"Find it at the JCB! Highlights from the Collection" given by the curators of the JCB
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 19, 2015 - 4 pm
Lindsay Van Tine, Columbia University, John Alden Memorial Fellow. "The Invention of Americana: Collection-Building in the Nineteenth-Century United States"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 12, 2015 - 4 pm
Bronwen Everill, King's College London, UK, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow. " 'Goods suitable for Africa': Rhode Island's African Trade in the Age of Abolition"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 5, 2015 - 4 pm
Christine DeLucia, Mount Holyoke College, John M. Monteiro Memorial Fellow in Indigenous Studies. "Indigenous Objects in Motion: Rethinking Native Material Cultures and Early American Collecting"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
July 29, 2015 - 4 pm
Christina Ramos, Harvard University, José Amor y Vasqquez Fellow. "Madness, Madmen, and Madhouses: The Case of Colonial Mexico"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
July 22, 2015 - 4 pm
Manuel Suárez Rivera, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Maria Elena Cassiet Fellow. "Stargazing and Timekeeping in Colonial American Societies: Comparing the Almanacs of Benjamin Franklin and Felipe Zúñiga Ontiveros"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
July 15, 2015 - 4 pm
Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow. "Unlikely Heroes: Indian Warriors and Royalty in Poetry about the Early Americas"
Short-term Fellow's Talk
July 8, 2015 - 4 pm
James L. Hill, The College of William & Mary, Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow. "An Imagined Empire: U.S. Cartography and the Trans-Appalachian West in the Early Republic"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
July 1, 2015 - 4 pm
Roberto Chauca Tapia, University of Florida, Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow . "Science in the Jungle: Missionary Cartographic and Geographic Production of Early Modern Western Amazonia"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
June 24, 2015 - 4 pm
Katherine Parker, University of Pittsburgh, John R. Bockstoce Fellow. "Contentious Waters: The Mapping of the North Pacific in Trans-Imperial Context"
Short-Term Fellow's Talks
June 17, 2015 - 4 pm
Melissa Morris, Columbia University, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow, and Erwan Terrien, University of Pittsburgh, Marie L. and William R. Hartland Fellow
Short-Term Fellow's Talks
June 10, 2015 -  4 pm
Laura Bland, University of Notre Dame, John Carter Brown Library-Grupo de Investigación de Siglo de Oro (GRISO) Fellow, "Histories of the Future: Reading the Heavens in the Early Modern Atlantic," and Vanina Teglia, Universidad de Buenos Aires, John Carter Brown Library-Grupo de Investigación de Siglo de Oro (GRISO) Fellow, "Symbolizing the First Encounters: The Search for Marvelous Elements at the JCB"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
June 3, 2015 - 4 pm
Amy Torbert, University of Delaware, Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow. "Dissolving the Political Bands: Sayer & Bennett's Depictions of American Rebellion, 1774—1786"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 27, 2015 - 4 pm
Jonathan Greenwood, Johns Hopkins University, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow. "Printing Miracles, Miraculous Printing: Jesuits and Sacred Objects in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction in the Early Seventeenth Century"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 20, 2015 - 4 pm
David Garrett, Reed College, Alice E. Adams Fellow. "Finding Aymaraes in the JCB:  Print Sources and the Challenges of Andean Ethnohistory"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 13, 2015 - 4 pm
Giuseppe Marcocci,Università degli Studi della Tuscia, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow.  "Writing World History in Renaissance Europe and the Americas (c. 1500-1600)"
Jenks Lost Museums Symposium
May 8, 2015 - 8:30 am-11 am
Rosamund Purcell, keynote speaker
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
May 6, 2015 - 12 pm
Andrea Nate, Brown University, J.M. Stuart Fellow, "The 'French Death' and the 'Wood of Life': Syphilis and its Remedies in Sixteenth Century Literature”
JCB Fellows' Reunion and Jamboree
May 1-3, 2015
Series of talks and meetings
72nd Annual Meeting of the Associates of the JCB
May 1, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Neil Safier, Director and Librarian of the JCB, "One Hundred Years Since Winship: Speaking to the Past and Future of the JCB
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
April 29, 2015 - 4 pm
Francesco Morriello, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Virginia and Jean R. Perrette Fellow. “The Movement of Information: Print Culture in the 18th Century British and French West Indies"
Symposium: Institute at Brown for Environment and Society: Thinking the Earth
April 24, 2015 11 am-5 pm

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
April 22, 2015 - 4 pm
Mark Somos, Harvard University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow. "American States of Nature"
JCB Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World (SHAW)
April 15, 2015 - 4 pm
Linford Fisher, Brown University , 'Fetcht from other Countries': Indian Slavery in the English Atlantic"
Stillwell Prize Presentation and Awards
April 13, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Richard Ring, Head Curator & Librarian of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College, " The Alchemy of Special Collections: Creative Fellowships for Undergraduates at Trinity College, 2011-2015"
Rare Book Dinner
April 10, 2015 - 6 pm
Union CLub Library. Address by Charles E. Pierce, Jr., former director of the Morgan Library, "Rare Book Libraries in the 21st Century: Life or Death?"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
April 8, 2015 - 4 pm
Jeffrey Thomson, University of Maine at Farmington, Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow."Self-Portrait in Nine Generations"
April 3, 2015 3:00 pm
"Subterranean Worlds: Under the Earth in the Early Americas." Participants: Orlando Betancor, Barnard College, John Demos, Yale University, Allison Bigelow, University of Virginia, May Van Buren, Colorado State University, Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto.
April 2, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Kris Lane, Tulane University, “Notes from Underground: History Inside the Cerro Rico de Potosi
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
April 1, 2015 - 12 pm
Sarah Newman, Brown University, J. M. Stuart Fellow. "Transforming Trash: Changing Understandings of Waste in Mesoamerica"
John Russell Bartlett Society Meeting
March 30, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Hebert Obboda spoke on his collection of books on minerology
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
March 25, 2015 - 4 pm
Manuel Covo, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) / Paris X University, France, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow. "Subversive Commerce: the United States and Revolutionary Saint-Domingue (1790s)"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
March 18, 2015 - 4 pm
Stijn van Rossem, School of Arts, Ghent, Belgium, Reese / John Alden Memorial Fellow. "Faking the Books: The Editorial Strategies of Early Modern Printers"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
March 11, 2015 - 4 pm
Pedro M. Guibovich Pérez, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Maria Elena Cassiet Fellow. "Erudite Complicities: Authors, Censors and the Production of Books in the Peruvian Viceroyalty"
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
March 4, 2015 - 12 pm
Bérénice Gaillemin, Centre d’Etudes Interdisciplinaires des Faits Religieux (EHESS-CNRS) LabEx Histoire et Anthropologie des Sciences, des Techniques et des Croyances, Donald L. Saunders Fellow, "Painting Speech and Speaking to the Eyes: New Insights into Pictorial Catechisms at the JCB"
1764—Brown's Founding in a Global Context
March 3, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Charles Rosenberg, Harvard University, "Medicine in 1764: What it Was, Some Ways it Changed, and Where it Might be Going"
Annual Vasco da Gama Lecture
March 2, 2015 -5:30 pm
Rui Vieira Nery,Director, Gulbenkian Foundation Portuguese Language and Culture Program, "Fado: A Portuguese Genre from its Afro-Brazilian Roots to World Music."
Hakluyt Society Meeting
February 26-27
Hakluyt Society Lecture
February 26, 2015 - 7 pm
Peter Mancall, University of Southern California, "Richard Hakluyt and the Book of Nature"
JCB Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World (SHAW)
February 25, 2015 - 4 pm
Elizabeth Wright, University of Georgia. "A Black Bard for Spain’s Global Empire: Juan Latino’s Elegy on the Battle of Lepanto"
1764—Brown's Founding in a Global Context
February 24, 2015 - 5:30 pm (rescheduled from February 17, 2015)
Catherine Brekus, Harvard Divinity School, " 'Full, Free, Absolute, and Uninterrupted Liberty of Conscience:' Understanding Brown'f Founding in a Global Religious Context"
February 19-21, 2015
Merchants of the Printed World. A symposium commemorating the 475th anniversary of the introduction of the printing press in America
February 19, 2015 5:30 pm
Roger Chartier, Collège de France / University of Pennsylvania. "The Seven Lives of Las Casas' Brevísima Relación (1552 -1822)"
Short-Term Fellow's Talk
February 18, 2015 - 4 pm
Jacob F. Lee, Indiana University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow. "Rivers of Power: Illinois Indians and French Colonists in the Colonial Midwest"

February 11, 2015 - 4 pm
Matthew Reilly, Brown University, Postdoctural Fellow at the Joukowsky Institute, "Labor Transformations in the 17th-Century Caribbean: The 1646 Hapcott Map and the Archaeology of Trents Estate, Barbados"
Galletti Lecture—POSTPONED
February 9, 2015 - 5:30 pm
François Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University, "When the United States Spoke French"
Long-Term Fellow's Talk
February 4, 2015 - 4 pm
Tanya Tiffany, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. "Cross-Dressing as Christ: Women and Material Culture in Colonial Lima"
January 28, 2015 - 4 pm
Lauri Tähtinen, Harvard University, JCB Researcher-in-Residence. "Brazil Beyond the Future"
JCB Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World (SHAW)
January 23, 2015 - 4 pm
Justin Pope, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the John Carter Brown Library. "Before the Age of Revolution: Slave Rumor and Rebellion in the Black British Atlantic, 1729-1746"
January 14, 2015 - 4 pm
Mekala Audain, Brown University, Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice. "A Free and Friendly Asylum: Louisiana Fugitive Slaves in Spanish Texas, 1804-1812"
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"