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MCEAS Speakers’ Network Fund

Every year, the Center receives a few requests for speakers from the pool of existing and former fellows, as well as Friends of the Center, who have expertise in some aspect of early American scholarship, especially the Philadelphia area and mid-Atlantic region. As part of our fundraising efforts, we have developed two initiatives: a speaker’s bureau, and a process through which you can donate part of the proceeds of lectures you arrange directly.

We hope you will consider becoming a part of the Center’s new speakers network. You can do this by adding your name and affiliation to our speaker’s list.  Please also list the topics you wish to talk about, or titles of talks you are prepared to give.  When interested parties inquire with the MCEAS about speakers, we will match them with an individual listed on our website and accept the honorarium on behalf of the MCEAS. We ask that all speakers on our list aim to give one talk per year on behalf of the MCEAS. For those of you who schedule your talks independently but still wish to support the MCEAS, we ask that you designate a portion of your honorarium as a gift to the Center. Checks should be made out to MCEAS with the Speakers Fund listed on the memo line.


Kathleen Brown, University of Pennsylvania (slavery, abolition, household labor, health, cleanliness, women)

Rick Bell, University of Maryland (American Revolution, Ben Franklin, Tom Paine, Hamilton: the musical, slavery, antislavery and abolition, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Frederick Douglass, black soldiers in the Civil War)

Nicholas Bonneau, University of Notre Dame

Lori Daggar, Ursinus College (American empire-building and colonialism, Native American history, missionaries in early America, and race, class, and reform in the early republic)

Cathy Matson, University of Delaware (topics on household, urban, or Atlantic economies of early America, eighteenth-century cities, colonial Philadelphia, seeds of capitalism in the colonial era)

Jessica Roney, Temple University (Colonial Philadelphia, early American frontier, colonial militias, American Revolution)

Andrew Shankman, University of Rutgers, Camden (American Revolution and Constitution, including “What Were the Founders Thinking When They Created the Electoral College?” and “The Founders and Original Intent”)

Timothy Shannon, Gettysburg College (Indian captives and captivity narratives; Benjamin Franklin and Native Americans; the material culture of Native American diplomacy and the fur trade)

David Silverman, George Washington University (William Penn, Native America)

Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania (Colonial Pennsylvania, American Revolution, and Early Republic, including “Founding Fathers: Franklin, Jefferson, and the Educability of Americans,” “Franklin’s Masks: A Play Upon Possibilities,” and “Another Alexander Hamilton, Another American Revolution”)


To participate, please contact the Coordinator of Scholarly Programs, Laura Spero.