Providence College Seminar on the History of Early America

Newport Circa 1730
Established in 2017, the Providence College Seminar on the History of Early America (PC-SHEA) meets several times a year to discuss pre-circulated works in progress, including chapters of doctoral dissertations, book projects, and article drafts on any aspect of early American history, including work that explores developments in Latin America and the broader Atlantic world. The Seminar is organized by Professors Steven Carl Smith, Sharon Ann Murphy, Edward E. Andrews, Adrian Chastain Weimer, Patrick H. Breen, and Fr. David Thomas Orique, O.P.
PC-SHEA traditionally meets in the Ruane Center for the Humanities on the campus of Providence College and is attended by Senior and Junior faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students from PC and the surrounding southern New England region.
PC-SHEA is supported by a generous grant from the Gladys Brooks Foundation in addition to the Department of History & Classics, the School of Arts & Sciences, and the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program.


Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 Events

Just the Right Food and Drink: The Longevity Industry and Obsession

Dr. Rebecca Brannon
Associate Professor of History, James Madison University

Thursday, October 5th, 4:30-6:00 PM
Ruane LL49

African Voices in the American Revolution: Atlantic Perspectives

Dr. Aaron Fogleman

Distinguished Research Professor, Northern Illinois University

Thursday, February 29th, 4:30-6:00 PM
Ruane LL49

The Colony That Wasn’t, And What That Meant for the Future of North America, c. 1774

Dr. Jessica Roney
Associate Professor of History, Temple University

Thursday, April 25th, 4:30-6:00pm
Ruane LL49

Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 Events

At the Center of the World: Urban Life in Seventeenth-Century Mexico City

Dr. Tatiana Seijas
Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University

Wednesday, October 26th, 3:00-4:30 PM
Ruane LL49

Origins and Obstacles of Practical Abolitionism: The New Jersey Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery Reconsidered

Dr. Jonathan Sassi
Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center

Wednesday, November 16th, 4:30-6:00 PM
Ruane LL49

Subjects not Slaves: Captivity, Human Trafficking, and Imperial Jurisdiction

Dr. Casey Schmitt
Assistant Professor of History, Cornell University

Monday, March 27th, 4:30-6:00 PM
Ruane LL49