Videos of Lectures

We have recorded numerous lectures and talks from symposia and roundtables. Listed below are some of the videos in reverse chronological order.

February 17, 2016—Women as Intermediaries in Portuguese Overseas Empire
Amélia Polónia spoke about the crucial role women played as brokers in the Portuguese state of India

February 3, 2016— Better than Spaniards and Better than the Indians: The Politics and Perils of Andeans' Excelling in the ‘Ciudad Letrada
Alcira Dueñas addressed the public lives of literate indigenous Andeans in late colonial Lima and their intellectual and legal involvement in the world of letrados, the urban managers of law

January 27, 2016—Antiphons, Huehuetl, and Catechisms
Veronica Pacheco spoke about music and its role in indoctrination in colonial Huasteca, Mexico.

January 20, 2016The First French Decolonization
Mary Lewis discussed the process through which France decolonized after the Haitian Revolution of 1804.

January 13, 2016—Defining Freedom
Katherine Bonil Gomez spoke on free people of African descent and their lives in colonial Colombia

December 16, 2015—No Braver Men
Bob Geake and Loren Spears spoke about the black and indigenous men who served in the 1st RI Regiment 

December 2, 2015—Fellow's Talk
Danny Zborover spoke about colonialism and mapping in southern Mexico in "Cartographies Written in the Land" 

October 28, 2015—Revolution Roundtable
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). Participants: Marcela Echeverri, Philip Gould, Jack Greene, Gordon Wood.

April 2, 2015—Notes from Underground
Kris Lane spoke on 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 3, 2015—Brown's Founding in a Global Context

Charles Rosenberg (Harvard University) "Medicine in 1764: What it Was, Some Ways it Changed, and Where it Might be Going"

March 2, 2015—Annual Vasco da Gama Lecture
Rui Vieira Nery, Director, Gulbenkian Foundation Portuguese Language and Culture Program, "FADO: A Portuguese Genre from its Afro-Brazilian Roots to World Music." Sponsored by the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and the John Carter Brown Library.

March 2, 2015—Fado Live
Ana Vinagre sang fado following the annual Vasco da Gama lecture

February 24, 2015 | 1764—Brown's Founding in a Global Context
Catherine Brekus, " 'Full, Free, Absolute, and Uninterrupted Liberty of Conscience:' Understanding Brown's Founding in a Global Religious Context"

February 19, 2015 | Merchants of the Printed Word
Roger Chartier,  “The Seven Lives of Las Casas’ Brevissima Relacion (1552 – 1822)”

December, 18, 2014 |
William Simmons, "Paths to the Great Swamp Fight, December 19, 1675"

October 13, 2014 | The Earliest Americas: A New Initiative
Ned Blackhawk, "The Rediscovery of America: American Indians and the Unmaking of U. S. History"

May 29, 2014 | Maury A. Bromsen Lecture
Greg Grandin, "The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World"

May 9, 2014 | 71st Annual Meeting of the Associates of the John Carter Brown Library

John Demos, Yale University, "On the Trail of the Heathen School"

April 22, 2014 | 1764 Brown's Founding in a Global Context
Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University, "The World is Not Enough: Brown circa 1764 (and circa 2014)"

The first of seven lectures in the series, "1764: Brown's Founding in a Global Context." Visit, for more information.

March 20, 2014 | Annual Gulbenkian Vasco da Gama Lecture
Roquinaldo Ferreira, Brown University, the Annual Gulbenkian Vasco da Gama lecture, "Writing the History of Abolitionism in the Portuguese South Atlantic."

February 9, 10, and 12, 2014 | Early Oceanic Histories
Early Oceanic Histories: A New Initiative in Environmental Studies

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 scholars in the field, hosted by Neil Safier, with commentary by Jeffrey Bolster.  YouTube playlist for the series here.

June 11, 2014 | Martin Waldseemüller's Carta marina (1516)
Chet Van Duzer talks about the Martin Waldseemüller's Carta marina of 1516.

October 24-27, 2013 | Beyond Sweetness
Beyond Sweetness - Keynote Lecture by Stuart B. Schwartz and Conference Sessions
YouTube playlist for the series here.

June 6, 2013 |1763 and the Re-evaluation of Empire: The View from Britain
Jack P. Greene spoke about his newest publication, Evaluating Empire and Confronting Colonialism in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

This was the keynote address for "1763 and the Americas: Ramifications, Repercussions, Perspectives, a symposium co-sponsored by the JCB and the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration," June 6-8, 2013, Boston and Providence.

June 7-10, 2012 | JCB Fellows' 50th
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 videos of entire conference here.

September 13, 2012 | Paper Technologies of Capitalism
MacMillan Reading Room, John Carter Brown Library. Seth Rockman of the Brown University's History Department spoke on business history of early America.

April 1, 2011 | Conservation and the JCB
Susan Danforth and Robert Hauser narrate this account of the efforts of the John Carter Brown Library conservation department.