Past Events

Lecture - The Other Slavery
April 25, 2017
Andrés Reséndez

Lecture - How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future
March 24, 2017
Abby-Smith Rumsey

Lecture - Digital Memory: What Can We Afford to Lose?
March 23, 2017
Abby-Smith Rumsey

Lecture - The French Reflect on the New World: Prize-winning contests and the Americas in French Académies in the Eighteenth Century 
March 15, 2017
Bertrand van Ruymbeke 

Roundtable - European Rhetoric and Images for the Americas: The World of Diego Valadés, Franciscan Artist and Humanist 
March 7, 2017
Linda Báez Rubí, Byron Hamann, Andrew Laird, Jeffrey Muller, and Ken Ward

Presentation - One Book (or Map) at a Time: New Acquisitions at the JCB 
February 22, 2017 

Neil Safier, Kim Nusco, Ken Ward

Lecture - Dark Work: The Business of Slavery in Rhode Island 
February 16, 2017
Christy Clark-Pujara

Roundtable - Women of the Page: Convent Culture in the Early Modern Spanish World
February 2, 2017
Laura Bass, Dennis Carr, Ronda Kasi, Elizabeth Rhodes, Nancy van Deusen, and Tanya Tiffany


Autour du Monde exhibition guided tour & reception
November 15, 2016 

History of Medicine in the Portuguese Atlantic Panel & Reception
October 31, 2016

Community MusicWorks Concert
October 23, 2016

The Early Modern Amazon: Indigenous Histories from Above and Below; Roundtable Discussion and Lecture

October 17, 2016

Guatemala Panel and Reception
October 14, 2016

Las Casas Conference Plenary Meeting
October 7, 2016

Animals in the New World Round Table
September 26, 2016

Open House: Treasures of the JCB
September 6, 2017

Negros da Terra translation workshop
August 29-30, 2016

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
June 15, 2016 - 4 pm
Sean P. Harvey, Seton Hall University, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow. "Kinship and Communication: Native Ideas of Linguistic Relationships in Eastern North America"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
June 1, 2016 - 4 pm
Nicole T. Hughes, Columbia University, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow. "New World Spectacles, Conflict, and the Theater of the World"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 27, 2016 - 4 pm
Hugo Ribeiro da Silva, Postdoctoral Fellow, CHAM, New University of Lisbon & CEHR, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, PORTUGAL, Almeida Family Fellow. "The 'Light of Religion': Church and Colonial Government in the Eighteenth-Century South Atlantic"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 18, 2016 - 4 pm
Graça Almeida Borges, Interdisciplinary Center for History, Culture, and Societies, University of Évora, Portugal. "Rereading the Iberian 'Black Legends': Discourses on the Portuguese and Spanish Colonization in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic World"

May 17, 2016 - 4 pm
Heréndira Téllez Nieto, "¿Una Bíblia Políglota Mesoamericana del siglo XVI? : Las Epístolas y Evangelios en p'urhepecha en la Biblioteca John Carter Brown"

Annual Meeting of the Association of the Friends and Fellows
May 13, 2016 - 5:30 pm
Richard Kagan, Johns Hopkins University,  "The Accidental Tourist: John Adams in Spain, 1779-1780"

A Traveler's Air Symposium
May 12-13, 2016

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
May 11, 2016 - 4 pm
Kenneth Banks, Wofford College, Marie L. and William R. Hartland Fellow. "Accounting for Smuggling: Decoding 18th-Century Contraband Trade"

May 9, 2016 - 5:30 pm
Andrea Wulf, "The Invention of Nature." Co-sponsored by the Providence Athenaeum

May 4, 2016 - 4 pm
Alejandra Dubcovsky, Yale University, "Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South"

Atmospheres: Earth Itself
April 29, 2016 - 10 am-6 pm
An Institute at Brown for Environment & Society event. More information may be found here.

Long-Term Fellow's Talk
April 27, 2016 - 4 pm
Minta Zlomke, Brown University, Interdisciplinary Opportunities for Sixth-Year Students in the Humanities & Social Sciences Fellow. "Sir Walter Ralegh’s Discoverie of Guiana: Courtesy and Piracy in the Poetics of translatio imperii studiique"

Open House and Talk
April 16, 2016 11 am-1 pm
Rick Ring, Trinity College, "First Folio Enters the Global Stage: A Walk Around the World Through 23 Book in the JCB"

Vasco da Gama Annual Lecture
April 14, 2016 - 5:30 pm
Jorge Flores, European University Institute, Florence, "Talking Statues and Dancing Portraits: Dirty Politics in Early Modern Portuguese India"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
April 13, 2016 - 4 pm
Maria Ines Godinho Guarda, King's College London, United Kingdom, Marie L. and William R. Hartland Fellow. "African Middlemen in the Atlantic Slave Trade (1680-1720)"

Long-Term Fellow's Talk
April 6, 2016 - 12 pm
Mark Lentz, Utah Valley University, R. David Parsons Fellow. "Between the Letter of the Law and the Colonial Reality: Regulating Translation in Colonial Yucatan"

Thomas E. Skidmore Distinguished Lecture on Latin American History
April 5, 2016 - 5:30 pm
Charles Walker, University of California, Davis, "The State of Latin American History: Blue Skies, Ominous Clouds on the Horizon"

Roundtable and Reception
March 30, 2016 4:00 pm
Roundtable discussion featuring Thiago Nicodemo, António Dimas, Júnia Ferreira Furtado, Andréa Doré, and Roquinaldo Ferreira

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
March 23, 2016 -  4 pm
Gretchen Henderson, Georgetown University, Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellow. "Performing the Archive: As Opera"

Bartlett Society Lecture
March 21, 2016 - 6 pm
Richard Ring, Trinity College, “Lawrence Counselman Wroth: Scholar, Librarian, Bibliographer, Wordsmith”

Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World

March 16, 2016 - 4:00 pm
Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, University of Southern California. "How to Do Things with Paper: Political Correspondence in the Age of Revolution"

March 9, 2016 - 5:30 pm
Micheal Blanding, "The Map Thief"

March 4-5, 2016
Digital Futures for Indigenous Studies Roundtable

Long-Term Fellow's Talk
February 24, 2016 - 12 pm
Alyce de Carteret, Brown University, J. M. Stuart Fellow. unos a otros se ayuden”: Colonial Encounters with Maya Houses and Housebuilding"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
February 24, 2016 - 4 pm
Rebecca EarleUniversity of Warwick, United Kingdom, Alice E. Adams Fellow. " ‘A Wholesome and Pleasant Food’ : Breadfruit, Potatoes and Dietary Reform in the 18th-Century Atlantic World"

February 17, 2016 - 4 pm
Amélia Polónia, University of Porto, Portugal, Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar Cultura, Espaço e Memória. "Women as Intermediaries in Portuguese Overseas Empire"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk

February 10, 2016 - 4 pm
Iris Montero Sobrevilla, Brown University, Cogut Center for Humanities. "The Slow Science of Swift Nature: Hummingbirds and Humans in New Spain"

Long-Term Fellow's Talk
February 3, 2016 - 12 pm
Alcira Dueñas, Ohio State University, Newark, Donald L. Saunders Fellow. "Better than Spaniards and Better than the Indians: The Politics and Perils of Andeans' Excelling in the ‘Ciudad Letrada’ "

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
January 27, 2016 - 4 pm
Veronica Pacheco, University of California, Los Angeles, Independent Scholar, will speak. "Antiphons, Huehuetl, and Catechisms: Music and Indoctrination in Colonial Huasteca, Mexico"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
January 20, 2016 - 4 pm
Mary Lewis, Harvard University, Jane L. Keddy Memorial Fellow. “The First French Decolonization: The French Empire after the Haitian Revolution”

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
January 13, 2016 - 4 pm
Katherine Bonil Gomez, Johns Hopkins University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow. "Defining Freedom: Free People of African Descent, Geographies and the Making of Spanish Imperial Rule in Colonial Colombia"


December 16, 2015 - 4 pm
Robert A. Geake and Lorén Spears, local historians, "No Braver Men, The Story of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment During the Revolutionary War"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
December 9, 2015 - 4 pm
Emily Floyd, Tulane University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow."Ambiguous Copies: Religious Prints, Reproduction, and Originality in the Colonial Andes"

Long-Term Fellow's Talk
December 2, 2015 - 12 pm
Danny Zborover, University of California, San Diego, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow."Written in the Land: Cartographies of Long-Term Colonialism in Southern Mexico"

Short-Term Fellows' Talk
November 18, 2015 - 4 pm
Carla Cevasco, Harvard University, Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow, "Hunger Knowledges and Cultures in New England’s Borderlands" and Tessa Murphy, University of Chicago, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow, will speak on “An Indigenous Archipelago: Kalinagos in the Lesser Antilles, c. 1600-1770”

November 13, 2015 - 5:30 pn
Peter Miller, "Antiquarianisms Across the Atlantic." Co-sponsored by the Joukowsky Institute.

November 11, 2015 - 4 pm
Earle Havens, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of German & Romance Languages & Literatures, Johns Hopkins University, “Empires of the Book: Richard Eden, Gabriel Harvey, and the Archaeology of Reading in Renaissance Europe”

Long-Term Fellow's Talk
November 4, 2015 - 12 pm
Rachel O'Toole, University of California, Irvine, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. Chancellor's Dining Room, Sharpe Refectory. "Transgressing the Household: The Laws of Slaveholding and the Practices of Freedom in Colonial Peru"

November 1, 2015 - 2 pm
Community MusicWorks
Players and guests perform Bach, Vivaldi, and Piazzolla

Revolutions Roundtable
October 28, 2015 - 4 pm
Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act and the publication of Thomas R. Adams’ American Independence: The Growth of an Idea (1965) and is curated by the staff of the John Carter Brown Library. Roundtable participants include Marcela Echeverri, Philip Gould, Jack Greene, and Gordon Wood

Seminar in the History of the Americas and the World
October 21, 2015 -  4 pm
Luís Filipe Silvério Lima, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, Honorary JCB Fellow. "Prophetical Hopes, New World Experiences and Imperial Expectations: Menasseh Ben Israel, Antônio Vieira, Fifth-Monarchists, and the Millenarian Connections in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic"

October 14, 2015 - 4 pm
Kenneth C. Ward, Maury A. Bromsen Curator of Latin American Books, John Carter Brown Library will speak on "The Creation of the Impresor del Secreto del Santo Officio in New Spain, 1634-1660"

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"