Past Events

Conference - Trans-American Crossings: Enslaved Migrations Within the Americas and Their Impacts on Slave Cultures and Societies
June 1-3, 2018

a conference co-sponsored by the Omohundro Institute and the John Carter Brown Library

Roundtable - Libraries of the Future, Scholarship of the Past
May 31, 2018

a roundtable discussion with representatives from prize-winning architectural firms and resident and invited scholars

Fellow's Talk - en una buena impresión: Popular Print Culture in Lima
May 30, 2018

Agnes Gehbald, University of Koln, William Reese Company Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Yet Wilderness Grew in My Heart: A Novel of New York, New France, and Iroquoia During the Seven Years War
May 23, 2018

Cam Terwilliger, Drew University, Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Freedom from Smallpox: Vaccine and Medical Consent in the Iberian Atlantic World
May 16, 2018

Farren Yero, Duke University, Marie L. and William R. Hartland Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Vocabularies of Social Justice: The JCB as an Agent in Maya Literacy and Language Revitalization
May 9, 2018

Katie Sampeck, Illinois State University, Digital Fellowship for Former Fellows

Fellow's Talk - Ruination and Renewal: The Lives and Afterlives of Sacred Space at San Miguel Achiutla, Oaxaca, Mexico
May 2, 2018

Jamie E. Forde, University of Pennsylvania, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow

Sonia Galletti Memorial Lecture - Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
May 1, 2018

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Rutgers University and the Library Company of Philadelphia

Fellow's Talk - After the Raid: The Dutch and the Post-1683 Slave Trade to Veracruz
April 25, 2018

Pablo M. Sierra Silva, University of Rochester, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow

John Russell Bartlett Society Stillwell Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting

April 24, 2018

Lecture - Annual Gulbenkian Vasco da Gama Lecture: Navigation and Narrative | The Epic Seas of Luís de Camões
April 19, 2018

Josiah Blackmore, Harvard University

Workshop - Visual Thinking in the Archive | Mesoamerican Codices at the JCB
April 19, 2018

a workshop sponsored by the Program in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and the JCB and facilitated by Iris Montero (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Institute for the Humanities) and Alex Vidmar (REMS '18)

Fellow's Talk - Unruliness at the Margins: Politics and environment in the Lower Orinoco River Basin, 1680's-1790's
April 18, 2018

Matthew Nielsen, Carnegie Mellon University, Alexander O. Vietor Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The Atlantic Reformations of Girolamo Benzoni, 1541-1579
April 11, 2018

Lauren MacDonald, The Johns Hopkins University, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The Puquina Language in the Seventeenth-Century Andes: Glimpses of a Multilingual Society in the Aymara Writings of Ludovico Bertonio 
April 4, 2018

Nicholas Emlen, Leiden University, Donald L. Saunders/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow 

Panel - Fluidity: Knowing Water in the Americas 
April 3, 2018 

Bathsheba Demuth, Katherine Ibbett, Noor Johnson, John F. López; Sourcing the Stream audiovisual installation by Wendy Woodson

Fellow's Talk - Knowing Nature at a Distance: Scholarly Authority and the Epistemological Normalization of American Nature in Text and Image 
March 28, 2018

Randall Meissen, University of Southern California, Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow

Lecture - Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic
March 22, 2018 

Peter Mancall, University of Southern California-Dornsife

Fellow's Talk - Technical Literacies and Data Sovereignty: Documenting and Remediating Indigenous Knowledges in Mesoamerica and the Andes
March 21, 2018

Allison Bigelow, University of Virginia, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The Animals in Aztec Rituals: Decipehring a Visual Language 
March 14, 2018

Loïc Vauzelle, L'École Pratique des Hautes Études, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Dutch Delights
March 7, 2018

Jessica Nelson, Brown University, Interdisciplinary Opportunities Fellow

How We Make Our Library Grow 
February 28, 2018

Neil Safier, Bertie Mandelblatt, Stijn Van Rossem

Fellow's Talk - Dispensing Justice in Late Colonial Mexico
February 21, 2018

Nora Jaffary, Concordia University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Urbano Monte's World Map of 1587: Sources and Development
February 14, 2018

Chet Van Duzer, Independent Scholar, David Rumsey Map Center-John Carter Brown Library Fellow

Fellow's Talk - A New World Arcadia: Learning, Literature, and Mannerism in the Pastoral Fiction of New Spain
February 7, 2018

Teresa Clifton, Brown University, J.M. Stuart Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Building a Virtual Bermuda, 1663
January 31, 2018

Micahel Jarvis, University of Rochester, Mellon Digital Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Missionary Botany: Translating Indigenous Naturalist Knowledge in Early Modern Mexico 
January 24, 2018

Jaime Marroquín, Western Oregon University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The Elk, the Ass, the Tapir, their Hooves, and the Falling Sickness: A. Story of Substitution and Animal Medical Substances
January 17, 2018

Irina Podgorny, Museo de la Plata (Argentina) and Principal Investigator, CONICET, Maria Elena Cassiet Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The Embodiment of the Word: European Book Culture and New World Manusccripts, 1540-1600
December 6, 2017

Barbara Mundy, Fordham University, David R. Parsons Fellow

Lecture - Far-flung Neighbors: The Cape Verde Islands, São Tomé and the Portuguese Settlement of the Eastern Atlantic, 1420-1520
November 30, 2017

David Abulafia (University of Cambridge)

Fellow's Talk - Colonization in Translation: Sex, Gender, and Dictionaries 
November 29, 2017

Michaela Kleber, College of William and Mary, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow

Fellow's Talk - "From the harbour we beheld the terrific conflagration": Perspectives of the 1802 Burning of Le Cap and Its Aftermath
November 15, 2017

Carrie Glenn, University of Delaware, Jane L. Keddy Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Translation, Genealogy, and Indian Law in New England and Viceregal Peru 
November 8, 2017

Sean McEnroe, Southern Oregon University, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow

Concert - Bach and Friends Annual Freda Bromsen Bolster Memorial Concert 
November 5, 2017

Community MusicWorks

Workshop - Descriptive Bibliography as Research Methodology: A Case Study of Samson Occom
November 3, 2017

Mike Kelly (Amherst College) and Laura Braunstein (Dartmouth College)

Lecture - Samson Occom and the Uses of Bibliography
November 2, 2017

Mike Kelly (Amherst College)

Fellow's Talk - Daughters of the Inca Conquest: Indigenous Noble Women in Colonial Peru
November 1, 2017

Sara Guengerich, Texas Tech University, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The thinning of the canopy: a social, ecological hsitory of New England's old grown forests in the light of colonization (1500-1850)
October 25, 2017

Juliane Schlag, University of Hull, Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow

Ten Things I Learned From Shakespeare
October 24, 2017

Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

If, And or But: What we can learn from ten words in Shakespeare
October 24, 2017

Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Lecture - Brothers at Arms
October 19, 2017

Larrie D. Ferreiro, George Mason University

Connected Histories of the First South American Republics (1808-1850)
October 18-19, 2017

Leverhulme-funded research network War and Nation in South America

Fellow's Talk - Inhuman Empire: Enslaved People and Nonhuman Animals in the British Atlantic World
October 18, 2017

Christopher M. Blakley, Rutgers University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

Family Weekend Program and Open House with Professors Douglas Cope, Emily Owens, and Felipe Rojas  
October 14, 2017

Fellow's Talk - The Trans-Pacific Link: Early Modern Chronicles from the Philippines 

October 11, 2017

Luis Castellví Laukamp, University of Cambridge, José Amor y Vázquez Fellow

Fellow's Talk - "Conquered Into Liberty": Winning Hearts and Minds in Canada and Iroquoia during the American War for Independence
October 4, 2017

Nathan Wuertenberg, The George Washington University, Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellow

Lecture - Black Legend of Black Atlantic?: Africa in the Spanish Atlantic Maritime World 
 September 29, 2017

David Wheat, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University

Fellow's Talk - Indigenous Knowledge in the Natural Histories of Colonial Latin America: the Historia Naturalis Brasiliae (1648) and its Predecessors
September 25, 2017

Mariana Françozo, Leiden University, Almeida Family/John M. Monteiro Memorial Fellow

Fire and Water: Entangled Histories of Empire and Science Conference
September 21-23, 2017

Fellow's Talk - American Maritime Commerce, Culture and Conflict with the Asia-Pacific, 1784-1914

September 20, 2017

Brett Goodin, John R. Bockstoce Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The Texture of Change: Cloth, Commerce, and Social Change in West Africa, 1700-1850
September 13, 2017

Jody Benjamin, University of California-Riverside, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Unruly Women: Power, Politics, and Punishment in Eighteenth Century New Spain
September 6, 2017

Elizabeth Gonzalez Jimenez, University of Miami, Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Anything but Indian: Early Modern Visions of an America Settled by Lost Races of Jews, Northman, Spaniards, and Tyrians
August 30, 2017

Amy Coombs, University of Chicago, Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Material Culture of Anti-Slavery: Persons and Things in the Plantation Zone, 1780-1840
August 23, 2017

Valeria Tsygankova, Columbia University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - "In the Shadow of Mystery": Royalism and Counterrevolutionaries on the Eve of the Haitian Revolution
August 23, 2017

Jesús Ruiz, Tulane University, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Coral in Early American Literature, Science, and Culture
August 16, 2017

Michele Navakas, Miami University of Ohio, Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Joanna, Johanna, Giovanna: the Circulation of John Gabriel Stedman's Surinam Marriage
August 9, 2017

Elizabeth Polcha, Northeastern University, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Seeing, Naming, and Remembering: The Maps of the Provinces of Tunja and Santa Fe by Indigenous Chieftain Diego de Torres
August 2, 2017

Emiro Martínez-Osorio, York University,  José Amor y Vázquez Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Un rio caudaloso que corre, y fecunda las campiñas...: Representations of the mercantile world in eighteenth-century Peru and Río de la Plata
July 26, 2017

Maria Victoria Marquez, The Ohio State University, Alice E. Adams Fellow

Fellow's Talk - What is Yerba Mate?
July 19, 2017

Julia Sarreal, Arizona State University, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Speculative Geographies: Mapping American Indians on the Eve of the American Revolution
July 12, 2017

Jennifer Reed, Brandeis University, Jeanette D. Black Memorial Fellow

Talk - Tracking Lafayette's New England Trail
July 5, 2017

Julien Icher, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Consulate General of France in Boston

Fellow's Talk - Envisioning a New World: Americans' Reactions to European Narratives in the Late Eighteenth Century
June 28, 2017

Rafael Dias Campos, Centro de Humanidades (CHAM)-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Killing Dogs, Loving Dogs: Settler-Colonialism, Indigenous Communities, & Human-Canine Relationships in Greater Amazonia & the Circum-Caribbean
June 14, 2017

Marcy Norton, George Washington University, National Endowment for the Humanities/InterAmericas Fellow

Talk - Territories of Historical Probability: America and the Orient in the Historiography of the Origins of the Spanish Nation
June 7, 2017

Carlos Cañete, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain), Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Princeton University

Talk - Putting place names on the map: Geopolitical disputes and territorial identities in Portuguese America
May 31, 2017

Iris Kantor, University of São Paulo, Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow

Commencement Weekend Open House

May 27, 2017

Exhibition Opening and Reception - "So what'd I miss?": Lafayette, Jefferson, and Hamilton at the John Carter Brown Library

May 26, 2017

Fellow's Talk - Proximate Distance: Seeing Sugar and Slavery in Eighteenth Century France 
May 24, 2017

Elizabeth Heath, Baruch College-CUNY, Virginia and Jean R. Perrette Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Of Translation: Archives and Silences in French and Indigenous Dictionaries
May 17, 2017

VK Preston, University of Toronto, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow

Lecture - New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America
May 12, 2017

Wendy Warren, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

Roundtable in honor of Dennis Landis, Curator of European Books Emeritus
May 12, 2017

Terry Belanger, Richard Ring, Norman Fiering, Rolena Adorno, Neil Safier

Fellow's Talk - "They are of the caste of black Christians"
May 10, 2017

Chloe Ireton, University of Texas at Austin, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Slavery, Sanctuary, and Sovereignty in the Early Modern Caribbean
May 3, 2017

Linda Rupert, University of North Carlina-Greensboro, InterAmericas Fellow

Exhibition Opening - The Americas on Fire
April 28, 2017
Presented by Jake Frederick and co-curated by Jake Frederick and Júnia Furtado

Panel - The Americas and the Generative Power of Fire
April 28, 2017
Neil Safier, Alessandra Russo, Guilhem Olivier, Matthew Liebmann, Andrew Scherer

Lecture - Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage
April 27, 2017
Sowande' M. Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and African and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Fellow's Talk - Constructing the Colonial “Other”: British Depictions of West Indian Slave Owners
April 26, 2017
Matthew Wyman-McCarthy, Columbia University, Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellow

Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Lecture - The Other Slavery
April 25, 2017
Andrés Reséndez, Professor of History, University of California - Davis

Fellow's Talk - The Case of Baptism: Jesuit Tupi Catechisms under the Prism of Colonial Hispanic Works
April 19, 2017
Candida Barros, Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Brazil Almeida Family Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - A Brief Glimpse of Basque Whaling in the North Atlantic, from Genesis to Decay
April 12, 2017
Sergio Escribano-Ruiz, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Alexander O. Vietor Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Un certain simulacre de la verité: Performances and Performative Readings in the Figure des Brisilians (1551)
April 5, 2017 
Daniel Ruppel, Brown University, J.M. Stuart Fellow

Fellow's Talk - An Unexpected Influence: The John Carter Brown Library and the Circulation of Early Mexican Imprints
March 25, 2017
Hannah Alpert-Abrams, University of Texas at Austin, Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellow 

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

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

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, Professor of American History at the Université de Paris 8

Fellow's Talk - City of Light and Shadow: Reading and Mapping Havana's Atlantic Geographies
March 8, 2017
Guadalupe García, Tulane University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow 

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

Fellow's Talk - Whaler, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic, and the Spirit of Capitalism
March 1, 2017
Sarah Crabtree, San Francisco State University, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow 

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, Assistant Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fellow's Talk - The Stars Above Mexico: Medical Astrology in Colonial New Spain
February 15, 2017
Lance Thurner, Rutgers University, José Amor y Vázquez Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Not to Scale: Geometry, Space, and Interpretation in Maps before Mercator
February 8, 2017
Jason Cohen, Berea College, Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow

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

Fellow's Talk - Slaves, Silver, and Atlantic Empires: The Slave Trade to Spanish South America, 1660-1810
February 1, 2017
Alex Borucki, University of California, Irvine, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Luso-Brazilian Militias in the Age of Imperial Reform, 1762-1801
January 25, 2017
Vitor Izecksohn, Instituto de História/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Center for New World and Comparative Studies Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - The Architecture of Empire: Forts, State Formation, and Slavery in the French Caribbean, 1660-1789
January 18, 2017
Arad Gigi, Florida State University, Jane L. Keddy Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Seeing Overseas: Visualizing the Effects of the Seven Years' War in Quebec
January 11, 2017
Brett Culbert,  Harvard University, Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow


Fellow's Talk - Early Masterpieces of the Black Art at the JCB
December 14, 2016
Renzo Baldasso Arizona State University William Reese Company / John Alden Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Encompassing the Globe: The Iberian Atlantic in the Age of Don Quijote
December 7, 2016
Diogo Ramada Curto Universidade Nova de Lisboa David R. Parsons/Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Responsibilities to Protect: Contesting Suzerainty in the Dutch Atlantic
November 30, 2016
Timo McGregor, New York University, Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Yellow Fever in the Atlantic World
November 16, 2016 
Enrique Beldarraín, National Center of Medical Science Information, Maria Elena Cassiet Fellow

Fellow's Talk - The La Valette Affair: A Jesuit Scandal in the French Caribbean
November 16, 2016
Andrew Dial, McGill University, Jane L. Keddy Memorial Fellow

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

Fellow's Talk - Marronnage as Labor Protest: Rebellion before the Haitian Revolution
November 9, 2016 
Crystal Eddins, Michigan State University, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Translating the Speech of the Ancients in New Spain
November 9, 2016
Aysha Pollnitz, Rice University, Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Reconsidering Empire in Times of Revolution (1775-1825)
November 2, 2016
Miguel Dantas da Cruz, Lisbon University, Center for New World and Comparative Studies Fellow

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

Fellow's Talk - The Tropical Metropolis: Cities and Society in the Early Modern British Caribbean
October 26, 2016 
Bradley Dixon, University of Texas at Austin, Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Law and Indian Subjecthood in the Colonial South
October 26, 2016 
Mary Draper, University of Virginia, Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow 

Community MusicWorks Concert
October 23, 2016

Fellow's Talk - An Anti-Jewish Treaty and the Editorial Strategy of a Colonial Prelate
October 19, 2016
Bruno Feitler, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Touro National Heritage Trust Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Bumfodder: Humor, Ephemera and Epistemology in the Early Modern Atlantic
October 19, 2016
Jesse Dorst, University of Minnesota, Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow 

The Early Modern Amazon: Indigenous Histories from Above and Below; Roundtable Discussion and Lecture
October 17, 2016

Guatemala Panel and Reception
October 14, 2016

Fellow's Talk - Revolutionary Transformation: The Reformation of American Commercial Networks
October 12, 2016
Scott C. Miller, University of Virginia, John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Privateering and the Carib Slave Trade in the Revolutionary Antilles, 1763-1796
October 12, 2016 
Ernesto Mercado-Montero, University of Texas at Austin, Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow

Las Casas Conference Plenary Meeting
October 7, 2016

Fellow's Talk - A Sermon a Day Keeps the Demon (and the Dutch) Away
October 5, 2016
Laura Leon Llerena, Northwestern University, Donald L. Saunders Fellow

Fellow's Talk - On Sentimental Seamen: or Feeling through an Age of Sail Archive
September 28, 2016
Leonardo Carrio Cataldi,  École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Spaces of Knowledge in Early Modern Cartographical Practice
September 28, 2016
Mark Kelley, University of California - San Diego, Marie L. and William R. Hartland Memorial Fellow.

Animals in the New World Round Table
September 26, 2016

Fellow's Talk - The Great Subject: Finding the Perfect Books for a Collector's Library
September 21, 2016
Larry Tise, East Carolina University, John Alden Memorial Fellow

Fellow's Talk - Hidden in Plain Sight: Rethinking the English Failure at Roanoke
September 21, 2016
Andrew Lawler, Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Library Fellow 

Fellow's Talk - Beware the Owl and the Drum: Colonial Nahua Learningscapes and Textbook Exchanges
September 14, 2016
Joshua Fitzgerald, University of Oregon, Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Fellow

Open House - Treasures of the JCB
September 6, 2017

Negros da Terra translation workshop
August 29-30, 2016

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 31, 2016
Christopher Albi, SUNY New Paltz, John Carter Brown Library Associataes Fellow. "The Underground Enlightenment: Mining Reform in 18th Century Mexico"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 24, 2016
Jessica Pierre-Louis, Université des Antilles, Jane L. Keddy Memorial Fellow. "Cross the line: Free people of color and “passing” in French Caribbean"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 17, 2016
Soledad Gonzalez Diaz, Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins, Maria Elena Cassiet Fellow. "The books behind the Nueva corónica y buen gobierno of Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
August 3, 2016
Leo Garofalo, Connecticut College, Maury A. Bromsen Memoiral Fellow. "Another Diaspora Challenging Slavery? “Indios chinos” in the Philippines, Andes, and Iberia"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
July 27, 2016
Jeffrey Erbig, University of New Mexico, Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow."Native Americans and Iberian Boundary Demarcations in Colonial South America"

Short-Term Fellow's Talk
June 22, 2016 - 4 pm

Jessica Stair, University of California-Berkeley, José Amor y Vásquez Fellow. "Writing History in the Land"

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)"

April 11, 2016

Susan Ramirez, Texas Christian University, "Common Ground: A Short History of Earth"

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"

Sonia Galletti Lecture
March 14, 2016
François Furstenberg, "When the United States Spoke French"

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" 

Vasco da Gama Annual Lecture
March 2, 2015

Rui Vieira Nery, Director, Gulbenkian Foundation Portuguese Language and Culture Program, "Fado: A Portuguese Genre from its Afro-Brazilian Roots to World Music"


Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Lecture
May 29, 2014

Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World" 

Vasco da Gama Annual Lecture
March 20, 2014

Roquinaldo Ferreira, "Writing the History of Abolitionism in the Portuguese South Atlantic”

Sonia Galletti Lecture
February 10, 2014

W. Jeffrey Bolster, “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail


Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Lecture
April 24, 2013

José A. Rodríguez Garrido, "Classical Myth on Stage: Theater from Imperial Propaganda to Creole Project in Colonial Lima"

Sonia Galletti Lecture
February 11, 2013

Barnet Schecter, "George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps"


Sonia Galletti Lecture
February 13, 2012
Charles C. Mann