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Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, looks at Shakespeare's plays as a kind of wisdom literature, presenting ten ideas that can be carried away from his dramatic works and applied to situations we encounter today....

April 25, 2017

Andrés Reséndez, Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, and author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, delivered the 2017 Maury A. Bromsen...

September 13, 2012

Seth Rockman, Associate Professor of History at Brown University, delivered this lecture in conjunction with the opening of "Mind Your Business: Records of Early American Commerce at the John...

June 7, 2012 

Bernard Bailyn, Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History Emeritus at Harvard University, opened the JCB Fellows' 50th Anniversary Conference with a lecture...

June 6, 2013

Jack P. Greene spoke about his newest publication, Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2013). This lecture was the...

October 24, 2013

Stuart B. Schwartz, Professor of History at Yale University, gave the keynote address of the conference, "Beyond Sweetness: New Histories of Sugar in the Early Atlantic World." Beyond Sweetness...

June 11, 2014

Independent scholar Chet Van Duzer presented "Martin Waldseemüller's Carta marina (1516)." Martin Waldseemüller's Carta Marina of 1516 has always remained in the shadow of his 1507 map—less famous and...

February 11, 2014

American Oecologies: A Roundtable on Environmental History is part of "Early Oceanic Histories," a new initiative in environmental studies at the John Carter Brown Library. The roundtable was...

February 10, 2014

W. Jeffrey Bolster presented the Annual Sonia Galletti Lecture as part of "Early Oceanic Histories," a new initiative in environmental studies at the John Carter Brown Library. W. Jeffrey Bolster...

March 20, 2014

Roquinaldo Ferreira, Vasco da Gama Associate Professor in History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, gave the Annual Gulbenkian Vasco da Gama Lecture. The lecture was presented by the...

April 22, 2014

Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, presented "The World is Not Enough: Brown circa 1764 (and circa 2014)." Introductory remarks were provided by...

May 9, 2014

On the occasion of the Seventy-First Annual Meeting of the JCB Associates, John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, presented "On the Trail of the Heathen School: Local...

May 29, 2014

Greg Grandin, Professor of History at New York University, gave the 2014 Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Lecture in Latin American History and Culture.   “The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom,...

October 13, 2014

With one of the strongest collections in the world for the study of the native past, the John Carter Brown Library is poised to open a series of conversations about how the Library can best...

December 18, 2014

The assault by the United New England Colonies on the Narragansett stockade in the Great Swamp (Quawawehunk) marked a turning point in Native American and English colonial sovereignty in southern...

February 19, 2015

Roger Chartier presented “The Seven Lives of Las Casas’ Brevissima Relacion (1552 – 1822),” the keynote lecture of the Merchants of the Printed Word symposium.

February 24, 2015

Catherine Brekus presented "'Full, Free, Absolute, and Uninterrupted Liberty of Conscience': Understanding Brown's Founding in a Global Religious Context."

March 2, 2015

Ana Vinagre sang fado following the annual Vasco da Gama 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." Sponsored...

March 3, 2015

Charles Rosenberg, Professor of the History of Science & Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences Harvard University, presented "Medicine in 1764: What it Was, Some Ways it Changed, and...

April 2, 2015

Kris Lane spoke on History Inside the Cerro Rico de PotosíThis lecture kicked off a Roundtable on Subterranean Worlds which, in turn, is part of a project on exploring the...

October 28, 2015

The roundtable commorated the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act and theand the publication of Thomas R. Adams’ American Independence: The Growth of an Idea (1965)....

December 2, 2015

Danny Zborover spoke about colonialism and mapping in southern Mexico in "Cartographies Written in the Land" 

April 25, 2017

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Andrés Reséndez, Professor of History at the University of California, Davis, and author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America...

February 16, 2017

The John Carter Brown Library

As part of the Rhode Island Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara discusses her recently published book, Dark Work: The...

September 26, 2016
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Wild, tamed, or domesticated. Furry, feathered, or scaled. People-eating or a person's best friend. The role of animal actors in the history...

March 9, 2016
Michael Blanding tells the true story of a map dealer-turned-criminal E. Forbes Smiley III who stole more than $3 million worth of antique maps from rare-book libraries around the country.

December 2, 2015
Danny Zborover speaks about colonialism and mapping in southern Mexico.

October 28, 2015
This roundtable commemorated the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act and the publication of Thomas R. Adams’ American Independence: The Growth of an Idea (1965). Participants: Marcela Echeverri,...

May 23, 2015
Gordon Wood delivers the final talk in the 1764 lecture series which commemorated Brown University's 250th anniversary.

April 2, 2015
Kris Lane speaks abaout history inside the Cerro Rico de Potosí. This lecture kicked off a Roundtable on Subterranean Worlds which, in turn, is part of a project on exploring the four elements....

March 2, 2015
Ana Vinagre sings fado following the annual Vasco da Gama lecture at the John Carter Brown Library.

March 2, 2015
Rui Vieira Nery, Director, Gulbenkian Foundation Portuguese Language and Culture Program, presents "FADO: A Portuguese Genre from its Afro-Brazilian Roots to World Music," at the annual Vasco da Gama Lecture....

Charles Rosenberg (Harvard University) "Medicine in 1764: What it Was, Some Ways it Changed, and Where it Might be Going", March 3, 2015, MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library. The sixth of seven lectures in the...

Catherine Brekus (Harvard Divinity School) " 'Full, Free, Absolute, and Uninterrupted Liberty of Conscience:' Understanding Brown's Founding in a Global Religious Context", February 24, 2015, MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter...

Roger Chartier gave the keynote address on “The Seven Lives of Las Casas’ Brevissima Relacion (1552 – 1822)”  for the symposium. "Merchants of the Printed World," ...

William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology, Brown University, spoke on December 18, 2014, about the Great Swamp Fight which took place close to 339 years earlier in southern Rhode Island.

Colin Calloway, Dartmouth College, spoke on "Powers in the Land: Indian Nations and the Limits of Empire in North America," on November 18, 2014. Co-presented with the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and the John Carter...

Ned Blackhawk, Yale University, spoke about indigenous peoples of North America at The Earliest Americas: A New Initiative. —On Oct. 13, 2014

Greg Grandin's new book describes an elaborate ruse conducted by mutinying slaves aboard a Spanish ship in 1805. This slave rebellion inspired Herman Melville's masterpiece, Benito Cereno.

Chet Van Duzer talked about Martin Waldseemüller's Carta marina of 1516 on June 11, 2014. See the video of his talk here.

Susan Danforth and Robert Hauser narrate this account of the efforts of the John Carter Brown Library conservation department.

John Demos (Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University), spoke at the JCB's 71st Annual Meeting on May 9, 2014. The Heathen School follows the progress and demise of a unique American social experiment.

Joyce Chaplin (James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University), April 22, 2014, MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library. The first of seven lectures in the series...

Roquinaldo Ferreira (Vasco da Gama Associate Professor in History and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University), March 20, 2014, the Annual Gulbenkian Vasco da Gama lecture hosted by the JCB and the Department of Portuguese and...

February 9, 10, and 12, 2014, at the John Carter Brown Library. Includes a lecture by Jeffrey Bolster talking about his book, The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail, and a roundtable on environmental history with noted...

October 24-27, 2013. "Beyond Sweetness: New Histories of Sugar in the Early Atlantic World" at the John Carter Brown Library. See the...

June 6, 2013, MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library

Jack P. Greene, "1763 and the Re-evaluation of Empire: The View from Britain," celebrating the publication of Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-...

April 16, 2010. Podcast in the John Carter Brown Library. CAN maps talk? Just ask Susan Danforth, curator of maps and prints at the John Carter Brown Library, who explains why maps historically have been more than just representations of the...

June 7-10, 2012, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University. This conference, created to celebrate fifty years of fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library, incorporated new and old topics and was enjoyed by all. See playlist of ...

September 13, 2012, MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library. Seth Rockman of the Brown University's History Department spoke on business history of early America. See the entire lecture here.

June 19, 2011. Podcast in the John Carter Brown Library. The collection of the John Carter Brown Library contain materials from 1492 to circa 1825 and many of the materials have been subjected to arduous conditions prior to their acquisition...

Susan Danforth and Robert Hauser narrate this account of the efforts of the John Carter Brown Library conservation department.