Lectures and Symposia

Lectures and Symposia

To honor Professor Gipson, the Institute invites scholars to give occasional lectures and to participate in annual symposia on various topics in eighteenth-century studies. Please join us for this semester's events.

Fall 2022

Thursday, December 1, 2022
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Maginnes Hall, Room 342
The Empire's Pharmacy: The Real Protomedicato, Materia Medica, and A Collected Spanish Empire 
Tim Betz
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History

Spring 2022

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
4:15 p.m.
STEPS 101 
Cannibalism, Luxury, and Revolution: The Global Pacific in the Eighteenth Century Novel 
Michelle Burnham
Santa Clara University

Fall 2021 Colloquium Series

Friday, December 3, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/3gipson 
Moderated Q&A
Dangbe, White Cannibals, and West-African Spiritual Consumption in the Early Eighteenth Century
Sean Anderson
A Collected Empire: Pedro Franco Dávila, The Royal Cabinet of Natural History, and Spanish Imperial Power
Tim Betz

Friday, November 5, 2021

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/gipson2
Moderated Q&A
Childless Motherhood: The Birth of Black Futures in The Female American and The Woman of Colour: A Tale 
Angelica DeDona
At Once Captive and Captor: Unreliable Narrators and the Imperial Project of the Anglo-American Proto-Novel 
Arush Pande

Friday, October 1, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/1gipson 
Moderated Q&A

The Limits of Accommodation: Reconciling belief, Civic Obligation, and Religious Liberty in Colonial Pennsylvania
Samuel Alonzo Dodge
Fake News in Revolutionary Kentucky
Jay Donis
Enlightened Priestcraft: Clericalism and the Separation of Church and State in 18th c. Britain
John Parks

Spring 2021

Virtual Seminar Series
Race in the Eighteenth Century

Friday, May 7, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/chimingyang
Moderated Q&A

Racialized Porcelain, Animality, & Asian “White Matter” 
Chi-Ming Yang
University of Pennsylvania

This talk will elaborate on the multiple registers of chinoiserie at work in an ostentatious, even monstrous, pair of eighteenth-century Sèvres “elephant head” porcelain vases currently housed at the Walters Museum in Baltimore. How do such luxury objects draw from early modern natural history, the Allegories of Four Continents, and the “white matter” of Asian material culture to create a multi-sensory experience of wonder or revulsion? Decorative objects have much to tell us about the history of East-West exchanges as they shaped the emergence of racial thinking and the ongoing legacies of racial ornament today. 

Virtual Seminar Series
Race in the Eighteenth Century

Friday, April 2, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/sashaturner  
Moderated Q&A

Race, Gender, and Caribbean Medical Encounters
Sasha Turner
Johns Hopkins University

Africana Studies Program

Virtual Seminar Series
Race in the Eighteenth Century

Friday, March 5, 2021
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/sharonblock    
Moderated Q&A

Creating Race on Colonial American Bodies
Sharon Block
Department of History
University of California at Irvine

Fall 2020

Fall Virtual Colloquium - Third in the Series

Friday, December 4, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/gipson3  
Moderated Q&A

What Kind of Republic Would We Have?: Political Ideology and the Transforming of Religious Liberty in Revolutionary Pennsylvania
Samuel Alonzo Dodge
Spiritual Monarchs: Non-Jurors and the Development of Separation Between Church and State
John Parks
Settling Ireland: The Colonial Question in the Long 18th c.
Nick Stark

Fall Virtual Colloquium - Second in the Series

Friday, November 6, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/gipson2  
Moderated Q&A

Understanding Unconventional Drag in Representations of Irish Fortune Hunters
Naashia Naufal
The Two Clarissas: Virginia Woolf and an 18th Century Room of One’s Own
Molly Porter
Affliction and Affection: Illness and Nursing in Frankenstein 
Ashlee Simon

Fall Virtual Colloquium - First in the Series

Friday, October 2, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Virtual: Registration Required - ZOOM: go.lehigh.edu/Gipson1
Moderated Q&A

The Mortality Among Us: Quantifying Death and Measuring the Success of Government in Eighteenth-Century America
Kristin Tremper
The Fall of British Sovereignty, the Rise of American Sovereignties
Jay Donis
Western Cherokees and the Indian Removal Era
Austin Stewart

Fall 2019

"The Surprising Origins of Radical Abolitionism" (co-sponsor)
Monday, September 23, 2019
4:30 p.m.
Linderman Library, Room 200

Dr. Marcus Rediker
University of Pittsburgn

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Spring 2019

"I Have No Master: Marriage and/as the Transatlantic Slave Trade"
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:10 p.m.

Dr. Patricia A. Matthew
Montclair State University

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Spring 2018

"Writing Freedom: Abolitionist Women's Fiction Before the U.S. Civil War"
Monday, April 9, 2018
4:10 p.m.

Dr. Holly M. Kent
University of Illinois, Springfield

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Fall 2017

"The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright: Communities of Women in the Northeast Borderlands"
Thursday, October 12, 2017
4:10 p.m.

Dr. Ann M. Little
Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Co-Sponsors: Humanities Center and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

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"Jane Austen at 200"

Free One-Day Symposium/Registration Required
Friday, September 22, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall

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Image: Jane Austen by Cassandra Austen, circa 1810 - National Portrait Gallery London

Spring 2017
"Coerced Reproduction and Enslaved Men: Manhood and Community" 

Thursday, February 23, 2017
4:10 p.m.

Dr. Thomas A. Foster
DePaul University

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Fall 2016
"Wildness without Wilderness: The Nature of Empire in French colonial North America"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
4:10 p.m.
Williams Hall, Room 351

Dr. Christopher Parsons
Northeastern University 

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Brown Bag Series - History Department 
"Voters and the Whig Oligarchy in Early Eighteenth Century Britain"
Co-sponsor: Gipson Institute for Eighteenth Century Studies

Thursday, November 3, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Maginnes Hall, History Common Room, 3rd floor

Dr. Chris Dudley
East Stroudsburg University 

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Spring 2016

“Fama and the Founding Father: Frontier Rumors in the Seven Years' War”
Thursday, March 24, 2016
4:10 p.m.
STEPS, Room 280
Reception following / Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Gregory Dowd
Professor of History and American Culture | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  

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Fall 2015

"The Song Cycles of BEACHY HEAD based on Charlotte Smith's 1807 poem, Beachy Head"
Friday, September 11, 2015
4:10 p.m.
Zoellner Arts Center, Room 145
Reception following / Free and Open to the Public

Kathryn Cowdrick, Mezzo Soprano | Eastman School of Music | Rochester, NY
Amanda Jacobs, Piano | Composer/Playwright | Seattle, WA / Rochester, NY 
Professor Elizabeth Dolan, Lecturer | Lehigh University |Bethlehem, PA
Co-sponsors: Department of English, Humanities Center and Department of Music

Spring 2016
CANCELLED-The Many  Captvities of Esther Wheelwright: Communities of Women in the Northeastern Borderlands
Thursday, February 25, 2016
4:10 p.m.
Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons

Ann Little | Associate Professor, History | Colorado State University

Humanities Center - "Relatives" Series
Co-sponsor: Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies

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