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    • Environmental History SeminarPanel: Native American Environmental History
      Environmental History SeminarPanel: Native American Environmental History
      5:15PM - 7:30PM Lisa Brooks, Amherst College; Strother Roberts, Bowdoin College; Ashley Smith, Hampshire College; Thomas Wickman, Trinity College Moderator: Cedric Woods, Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston More
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          • Brown BagExamining Land Ownership in the Praying Towns of New England
            Brown BagExamining Land Ownership in the Praying Towns of New England
            12:00PM - 1:00PM Taylor Kirsch, University of California, Santa Cruz More
          • Public Program, Conversation"All Legislative Powers…" Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution Then...
            Public Program, Conversation"All Legislative Powers…" Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution Then & Now
            5:00PM - 7:30PM Location: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street Cambridge, Mass. Margaret H. Marshall, Choate, Hall, & Stewart, and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Jack N. Rakove, Stanford University, and Pulitzer Prize recipient More
              • MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
                MHS TourThe History and Collections of the MHS
                10:00AM - 11:30AM this event is free More
              • Public Program, Walking TourTour of Longfellow Bridge
                Public Program, Walking TourTour of Longfellow Bridge
                10:00AM - 11:30AM The tour group will meet in front of the Charles Circle CVS, 155 Charles Street, Boston MA 02114 Miguel Rosales THIS PROGRAM IS NOW SOLD OUT. registration required More
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                • SeminarPaul Revere's Ride through Digital History
                  SeminarPaul Revere's Ride through Digital History
                  5:15PM - 7:30PM Joseph M. Adelman, Framingham State University and Omohundro Institute; Liz Covart, Omohundro Institute; Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                • History of Women and Gender SeminarReproducing Race in the Early Americas
                  History of Women and Gender SeminarReproducing Race in the Early Americas
                  5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute Rhae Lynn Barnes, Princeton University; Deirdre Cooper Owens, Queens College; Sasha Turner, Quinnipiac University Moderator: Nicole Aljoe, Northeastern University Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                • Public Program, Author TalkSwindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropp...
                  Public Program, Author TalkSwindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England
                  6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Brigham Young University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). registration required More
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                      • Public ProgramArmistice: WWI in Memory and Song
                        Public ProgramArmistice: WWI in Memory and Song
                        6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-program reception at 5:30. A collaboration of MHS and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with John Brancy, Baritone; Peter Dugan, Piano; and Peter Drummey, MHS There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). registration required More
                      • Modern American Society and Culture SeminarGoverning the “Black Power” City: Leon H. Sullivan, Opportuniti...
                        Modern American Society and Culture SeminarGoverning the “Black Power” City: Leon H. Sullivan, Opportunities Industrialization Centers Inc., and the Rise of Black Empowerment
                        5:15PM - 7:30PM Jessica Ann Levy, Johns Hopkins University Comment: Julia Rabig, Dartmouth College Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                        Early American History Seminar The Protestant Cult of the Dead in New England, 1800-1848 2 October 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Erik Seeman, State University of New York at Buffalo Comment: Kenneth Minkema, Yale University

                        Many 19th-century Protestants in New England held religious ceremonies venerating deceased family and friends, in addition to their orthodox worship of God. This paper examines women’s desires to connect with their deceased loved ones, and argues that this drove important developments in Protestant belief and practice. It shows how pious Protestants maintaining connections with the dead made séance Spiritualism a transatlantic sensation in 1848.

                        To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                        Brown Bag Native Citizens: Race, Culture, & the Politics of Belonging, 1884-1924 3 October 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Lila Teeters, University of New Hampshire

                        As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, Native activists played an essential—yet overlooked—role in shaping constructions of American citizenship. Some pushed to harden the political boundaries separating Native nations from their American foil, while others sought to remove those boundaries completely. Still others sought a more permeable relationship. This talk traces those debates from the 1884 Elk v. Wilkins decision through the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era 3 October 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Craig Bruce Smith, William Woods University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        The American Revolution was not only a revolution for liberty and freedom; it was also a revolution of ethics, reshaping what colonial Americans understood as “honor” and “virtue.” As Craig Bruce Smith demonstrates, these concepts were crucial aspects of Revolutionary Americans’ ideological break from Europe, shared by all ranks of society. Focusing his study primarily on prominent Americans who came of age before and during the Revolution, Smith shows how a colonial ethical transformation caused and became inseparable from the American Revolution, creating an ethical ideology that still remains.

                         

                         

                         

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                        Notice Library Closing @ 3:30PM 4 October 2018.Thursday, all day

                        The Library closes early at 3:30PM in preparation for an evening event.

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                        Exhibition, Member Event, Special Event Fashioning the New England Family: Sneak Preview Reception 4 October 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 8:00PM This event is now sold out. Fashioning the New England Family

                        Take a journey through several centuries of New England style in an exhibition of textiles and artifacts from the MHS collection.

                        MHS Fellows and Members are invited to the the opening of Fashioning the New England Family. The exhibition uncovers stories as told by various samples of clothing, fabric, accoutrements, and associated manuscripts—many shown for the first time. Join us and explore several family narratives as well as the cultural, social, and economic history of Massachusetts through the lens of fashion. The exhibition will be open through 6 April 2019.

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                        Exhibition Fashioning the New England Family this event is free 5 October 2018 to 6 April 2019 Open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM Fashioning the New England Family

                        Fashioning the New England Family explores the ways in which the multiple meanings of fashion and fashionable goods are reflected in patterns of consumption and refashioning, recycling, and retaining favorite family pieces. Many of the items that will be featured have been out of sight, having never been exhibited for the public or seen in living memory. The exhibition will give scholars, students, and professionals in fields such as fashion, material culture, and history the chance to see these items for the first time; encourage research; and, provide the possibility for new discoveries. For the public, it is an opportunity to view in detail painstaking craftsmanship, discover how examples of material culture relate to significant moments in our history, and learn how garments were used as political statements, projecting an individual’s religion, loyalties, and social status. It may allow some to recognize and appreciate family keepsakes but it will certainly help us all to better understand the messages we may have previously missed in American art and literature. 

                        The exhibition is organized as part of MASS Fashion, a consortium of eight cultural institutions set up to explore and celebrate the many facets of the culture of fashion in Massachusetts. 

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                        Brown Bag Liverpool, Slavery, and the Atlantic Cotton Frontier c. 1763-1833 5 October 2018.Friday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Alexey Krichtal, Johns Hopkins University

                        This talk follows the enslaved peoples who toiled on cotton estates in the Caribbean, Northeast Brazil and the American South, the planters who owned cotton plantations, the mariners who crossed the Atlantic basin shipping the fiber to Europe, and the merchants who linked enslaved producers to the Manchester manufacturers and fashion-orientated consumers in the Americas on a scale never see before, helping to usher in the first Industrial Revolution.

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                        Public Program, Revolution 250 Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! 6 October 2018.Saturday, all day

                        In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpgbeen rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about 16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. A tentative itinerary is listed below; stay tuned for updates!

                        9:00 am: British Troops land at Long Wharf

                        9:30 am: Salute to King George III at the Old State House

                        10:00 am: Troops arrive at Faneuil Hall

                        10:30 am: Troops welcomed at the Reviewing Stand–Downtown Crossing

                        11:15 am: Troops arrive on Boston Common

                        From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm: British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

                         

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 6 October 2018.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

                        The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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                        Public Program, Revolution 250 Boston Occupied: The British Are Coming . . . Again! 7 October 2018.Sunday, 9:00AM - 1:00PM

                        In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to quell the unrest that had been rising since the passage of the Townshend Acts. Boston was a town of about   Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/revolution250_vertical_logo.jpg16,000 residents and the arrival of 2,000 soldiers did not calm tensions but rather marked an escalation that would eventually lead  to the Boston Massacre. A reenactment of the arrival of the troops in Boston Harbor, their parade through Boston, and encampment on the Common will be reenacted this October. Stay tuned for updates!

                        From 10:00 am to 12:00 pm:                          

                        British Soldiers patrol Downtown Boston and occupy Boston Common

                         

                         

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                        Public Program Opening Our Doors 8 October 2018.Monday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

                        The Massachusetts Historical Society will join our neighboring cultural institutions for a day of free history, art, music, and cultural happenings in the Fenway neighborhood. With over 20 different museums, venues, colleges, and organizations participating, there will be something for everyone.

                         

                         

                         

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                        Library Closed Columbus Day 8 October 2018.Monday, all day

                        The Library is CLOSED for Columbus Day.

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                        Environmental History Seminar Panel: Native American Environmental History 9 October 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Lisa Brooks, Amherst College; Strother Roberts, Bowdoin College; Ashley Smith, Hampshire College; Thomas Wickman, Trinity College Moderator: Cedric Woods, Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

                        This panel will explore the intersections of environmental history and indigenous studies—the questions that each field engenders in the other, as well as the perspectives that native and non-native scholars bring to their research as they traverse both fields. Questions of race, gender, geography, and sources enliven this growing body of scholarship. Join us for a stimulating and wide-ranging conversation on these and other topics.

                        To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                        Public Program Evan Thomas on writing presidential biographies 11 October 2018.Thursday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

                        This event is sold out

                         

                        Evan Thomas, the author of nine books and a former writer and editor for Time and Newsweek, will be the first speaker in our new MHS Speaker Fund annual lecture series. Having published books on Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Clinton, and Obama, he will offer his insight into writing presidential biographies.

                         

                         

                         

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS 13 October 2018.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

                        The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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                        Brown Bag Examining Land Ownership in the Praying Towns of New England 15 October 2018.Monday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Taylor Kirsch, University of California, Santa Cruz

                        Across the tumultuous borderlands of 17th-century Southern New England, a diverse indigenous population numbering in the thousands carved out space for themselves via an unlikely colonial project, “praying towns.” This talk explores the complexities of indigenous land tenure within these communities, and its role in shaping the cultural, political, and spiritual landscape of New England.

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                        Public Program, Conversation "All Legislative Powers…" Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution Then & Now 15 October 2018.Monday, 5:00PM - 7:30PM Location: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving Street Cambridge, Mass. Margaret H. Marshall, Choate, Hall, & Stewart, and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts; Jack N. Rakove, Stanford University, and Pulitzer Prize recipient

                        Join us for a thought-provoking conversation on the history surrounding the issues that are framed by Article 1 of the Constitution, which established the U.S. Congress and defined its powers, including the rights to tax, raise armies, and regulate commerce and naturalization. Marshall and Rakove will discuss the historical context in which the article was drafted in the 1780s, as well as the current meaning and impact of the article in contemporary legal thought and practice. The Massachusetts Constitution will serve as counterpoint to the national story.

                         

                        This program is a collaboration between the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the MHS.

                         

                        Please note that registration is through the AAAS website. Please click on the non-member link to register.

                         

                         

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                        Brown Bag “Watering of the Olive Plant”: Catechisms and Catechizing in Early New England 17 October 2018.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Roberto Flores de Apodaca, University of South Carolina

                        Early New Englanders produced and used an unusually large number of catechisms. These catechisms shaped relations of faith for church membership, provided content for missions to the Indians, and empowered lay persons theologically to critique their ministers. This talk explores the content and the function of these unique, question and answer documents.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War registration required 17 October 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30. Joanne Freeman, Yale University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        Joanne B. Freeman recovers the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, she shows that the Capitol was rife with conflict in the decades before the Civil War. Legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, canings, flipped desks, and all-out slugfests. Pistols were drawn and knives brandished in an attempt to intimidate fellow congressmen into compliance, particularly on the issue of slavery.

                         

                         

                         

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                        African American History Seminar Losing Laroche: The Story of the Titanic’s Only Black Passenger Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                        18 October 2018.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College Comment: Saje Mathieu, University of Minnesota

                        Losing Laroche is the first in-depth study of the only black family on board the RMS Titanic. The story of the Haitian Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche and his descendants is largely unknown and troubles the assumption of an all-white Titanic narrative. This paper seeks to understand the possibilities of black advancement in the Titanic moment and throughout the Diaspora.

                        To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                        MHS Tour The History and Collections of the MHS this event is free 20 October 2018.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM

                        The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, with no need for reservations. If you would like to bring a larger party (8 or more), please contact Curator of Art Anne Bentley at 617-646-0508 or abentley@masshist.org.

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                        Public Program, Walking Tour Tour of Longfellow Bridge registration required 20 October 2018.Saturday, 10:00AM - 11:30AM The tour group will meet in front of the Charles Circle CVS, 155 Charles Street, Boston MA 02114 Miguel Rosales THIS PROGRAM IS NOW SOLD OUT.

                        After five years and over $300 million worth of construction and refurbishment, the beautiful and historic Longfellow Bridge is once again fully operational. Constructed at the turn of the 20th century and designed with an eye towards the greatest infrastructure projects of Europe, the Longfellow Bridge has long been one of the most striking and beloved landmarks in Boston. Architect and urban designer Miguel Rosales has been involved in this restoration project for close to 15 years and will lead visitors on an in-depth tour of this exceptional bridge.

                         

                         

                         

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                        Seminar Paul Revere's Ride through Digital History Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                        22 October 2018.Monday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Joseph M. Adelman, Framingham State University and Omohundro Institute; Liz Covart, Omohundro Institute; Karin Wulf, Omohundro Institute

                        This seminar examines components of the Omohundro Institute’s multi-platform digital project and podcast series, Doing History: To the Revolution. It explores Episode 130, “Paul Revere’s Ride through History,” and the ways the topic was constructed through narrative and audio effects, as well as the content in the complementary reader app. Participants are asked to listen to the podcast and access the reader app before the session. Refreshments will follow the presentation and discussion.

                         

                        To reserve: Please call 617-646-0579 or e-mail seminars@masshist.org.

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                        History of Women and Gender Seminar Reproducing Race in the Early Americas Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                        23 October 2018.Tuesday, 5:30PM - 7:45PM Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute Rhae Lynn Barnes, Princeton University; Deirdre Cooper Owens, Queens College; Sasha Turner, Quinnipiac University Moderator: Nicole Aljoe, Northeastern University

                        This roundtable will use the body as frame for examining racial formation in the Caribbean and U.S. from the eighteenth century to the present. The presenters will meditate on biological reproduction in relation to citizenship and subjecthood, labor and economy, medical and scientific knowledge, and representations of blackness in popular culture.

                        To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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                        Public Program, Author Talk Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England registration required 24 October 2018.Wednesday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 Jenny Hale Pulsipher, Brigham Young University There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        Jenny Pulsipher opens a window onto 17th-century New England and the English empire from the unusual perspective of John Wompas, a Nipmuc Indian who may not have been all he claimed but was certainly out of the ordinary. Drawing on documentary and anthropological sources as well as consultations with Native people, Pulsipher examines struggles over Native land and sovereignty during an era of political turmoil and reveals how Wompas navigated these perilous waters for the benefit of himself and his kin.

                         

                         

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                        Teacher Workshop Fashioning History Please RSVP   registration required 27 October 2018.Saturday, 9:00AM - 4:00PM Registration: $25 front clasp of a red cloak.  The cloak is tied with a red satin ribbon.

                        Throughout history, our choices about what we wear tell the world about our personality, position, background, and beliefs. From textile in Boston Boycott, manufacture in the Industrial Revolution, to the fashion of war and protest, clothing offers a vivid lens to examine American cultural history. Drawing on the MHS exhibit “Fashioning the New England Family,” we will explore how clothing and style help us understand the everyday lives of historical New Englanders.

                        This program is open to all who work with K-12 students. Teachers can earn 22.5 Professional Development Points or 1 graduate credit (for an additional fee).

                        For questions, contact Kate Melchior at education@masshist.org or 617-646-0588.

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                        Public Program Armistice: WWI in Memory and Song registration required 29 October 2018.Monday, 6:00PM - 7:30PM There will be a pre-program reception at 5:30. A collaboration of MHS and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee with John Brancy, Baritone; Peter Dugan, Piano; and Peter Drummey, MHS There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

                        A temporary exhibition on the end of World War I will be coupled with songs and a conversation about the journey home that men and women faced at the close of The War to End All Wars. This program will explore both the history of the war and the memory of it. On Tuesday October 30 at 8:00 pm, John Brancy and Peter Dugan will perform their program “Armistice: The Journey Home” in Seully Hall at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

                         

                         

                         

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                        Modern American Society and Culture Seminar Governing the “Black Power” City: Leon H. Sullivan, Opportunities Industrialization Centers Inc., and the Rise of Black Empowerment Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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                        30 October 2018.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Jessica Ann Levy, Johns Hopkins University Comment: Julia Rabig, Dartmouth College

                        This paper traces the Opportunities Industrialization Center’s rise from its meager founding in North Philadelphia to one of the largest black community development programs in the United States. In doing so, it sheds new light on the financial and intellectual investments made by American business, government bureaucrats, and civil rights entrepreneurs like Sullivan in transforming black dissidents into “productive citizens,” “productive” having economic and civic connotations.

                        To RSVP: email seminars@masshist.org or call (617) 646-0579.

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