August

Brown Bag Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868 1 August 2016.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cassandra Berman, Brandeis University This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868 ...

This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868, a period in which an idealized version of motherhood began to be seen as integral to the moral development of the nation. Many women violated these ideals, however, and transgressed both legal and social expectations as they did so. Moreover, these mothers fascinated ordinary Americans, who eagerly read of their crimes and indiscretions in the burgeoning mass media. This research shifts the focus away from ideals, and instead examines how the public judged those mothers who either could not or would not conform.

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Brown Bag "Missionary Nation": Imagining America's Role in the Post-Civil War World 3 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM James Shinn, Yale University How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? ...

How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? This talk examines how the struggle for the Union exercised a powerful and lasting--but deeply ambiguous--influence on the Republican foreign policy vision of the late 1860s and 1870s.

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Brown Bag Disciplining Freedom: Union Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War Courts-Martial 17 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jonathan Lande, Brown University This project offers a new interpretation of the history of black Union soldiers by placing the ...

This project offers a new interpretation of the history of black Union soldiers by placing the troops’ service in the context of slave-soldiers’ service and emancipation throughout the Atlantic. It reexamines the political structure involved in arming slaves and the experiences of soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops.

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October
Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and ...

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

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Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot ...

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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Brown Bag Motherhood and the Court of Public Opinion: Transgressive Maternity in America, 1768-1868 this event is free 1 August 2016.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Cassandra Berman, Brandeis University

This project examines the figure of the transgressive mother in the United States from 1768 to 1868, a period in which an idealized version of motherhood began to be seen as integral to the moral development of the nation. Many women violated these ideals, however, and transgressed both legal and social expectations as they did so. Moreover, these mothers fascinated ordinary Americans, who eagerly read of their crimes and indiscretions in the burgeoning mass media. This research shifts the focus away from ideals, and instead examines how the public judged those mothers who either could not or would not conform.

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Brown Bag "Missionary Nation": Imagining America's Role in the Post-Civil War World this event is free 3 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM James Shinn, Yale University

How did the Civil War change the way Americans thought about their country's role in global affairs? This talk examines how the struggle for the Union exercised a powerful and lasting--but deeply ambiguous--influence on the Republican foreign policy vision of the late 1860s and 1870s.

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Brown Bag Disciplining Freedom: Union Army Slave Rebels and Emancipation in the Civil War Courts-Martial this event is free 17 August 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Jonathan Lande, Brown University

This project offers a new interpretation of the history of black Union soldiers by placing the troops’ service in the context of slave-soldiers’ service and emancipation throughout the Atlantic. It reexamines the political structure involved in arming slaves and the experiences of soldiers serving in the U.S. Colored Troops.

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Brown Bag A Muss Among the Flunkies: Unruly Choristers and Instrumentalists in the Antebellum Opera this event is free 7 October 2016.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Rachel Miller, University of Michigan

In the decades before the Civil War, opera in the United States became a major financial and infrastructural undertaking that generated enormous attention from fans and investors alike. As a result, opera generated intense conflict about the manner in which this entirely new scale of entertainment would be produced. This presentation traces how “a muss among the flunkies”--the haphazard strikes of anonymous choristers and instrumentalists--grew into the nation's first performers' unions and protective associations, which in turn continue to shape our contemporary ideas and practices of creative work.

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Brown Bag Henry Cabot Lodge and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment this event is free 12 October 2016.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Luke A. Nichter, Texas A&M University

Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment. During the height of the Cold War, Lodge was consistently at the epicenter of power, whether in the Senate, Saigon, or his bipartisan roles serving four successive presidents from Kennedy to Nixon.

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