Public Symposium - 1763 and the Americas

June 8, 2013 - 10:00am

Presented in conjunction with the Bostonian Society/Old State House exhibition “1763: A Revolutionary Peace,” this Providence-Boston program brings together leading scholars to consider new perspectives on the Seven Years' War, the 1763 Treaty of Paris that concluded it, and more, on the occasion of the treaty’s 250th anniversary this year. Panels will debate the connections between the Seven Years War and the American Revolution; consider new perspectives on 1763 offered by Jack Greene’s Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain (see listing for book talk on June 6); explore how peoples of the Americas breached boundaries even during the heights of war; and imagine how the North American map might evolve over the next 250 years. 


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June 7 in Boston (Faneuil Hall): 

2-3:45 p.m. "New England in an Age of Global War, 1739-63," with William Pencak (Dept. of History, Penn State University), B.A. Balcom (Parks Canada, Fortess of Louisbourg National Historic Site, retired), Donald C. Carleton, Jr. (1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration), and Eliga Gould (Dept. of History, University of New Hampshire), chair

4-5:30 p.m. "Debating the Seven Years War and the Coming of the Revolution," with Fred Anderson (University of Colorado, Boulder), Pauline Maier (Dept. of History, MIT), Jack P. Greene (emeritus, Dept. of History, Johns Hopkins University), and Paul Mapp (Dept. of History, College of William and Mary), chair

June 8 in Providence (JCB, MacMillan Reading Room):

10 a.m.-noon Nos amis les ennemis: Intercolonial Relations before, during, and after an Epoch of War,” two-part panel with Bertie Mandelblatt (Dept. of History, New College, University of Toronto), Thomas Truxes (Dept. of History, NYU), B.A. Balcom (Parks Canada, Fortess of Louisbourg National Historic Site, retired), Charles-Phillippe Courtois (Dept. of History, Royal Military College of Saint-Jean), Matt Schumann (Dept. of History and Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University), James Eric Francis, Sr. (Tribal Historian, Penobscot Indian Nation), and Fred Anderson (University of Colorado, Boulder), chair.

Noon-2 p.m. Break for lunch

2-3:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion: "Looking Back, Looking Forward. The Past, Present, and Future of North America’s Political Geography through the Lens of 1763," with symposium speakers and chairs.

A co-production of the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration and the John Carter Brown Library, the symposium is administered by the Bostonian Society and is made possible by the generosity of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Lowell Institute, Norman B. Leventhal and the Mapping Boston Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities—Division of Public Programs, the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, and the Mouvement Nationale des Québécoises et Québécois.

 The exhibition at the Bostonian Society’s Old State House Museum runs through October 7.