Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


WMQ & EMSI Workshop—The Eighteenth Century

May 17–18, 2007 • The Huntington Library

The WMQ-EMSI Workshops are sponsored by the University of Southern California-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (with financial support from the Salvatori Forum at USC and the Mellon Foundation) and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and are hosted by the Huntington Library and the University of Southern California.

Program: May 17, 2007

10:00 a.m. – 10:30
Welcome and Introduction

Welcome: Peter Mancall, Early Modern Studies Institute, and Christopher Grasso, William and Mary Quarterly

Convener’s Introduction: Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles

10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Session 1

Toby Ditz, Johns Hopkins University
Narrating the Youth’s Progress: the Gendering of Young Men in Eighteenth-Century Letters and Advice Literature

Robert St. George, University of Pennsylvania
Respondent

Bryan Waterman, New York University
Seducing the Revolutionary Atlantic World: Elizabeth Whitman’s Disappearance and Her Disappointment

Sarah Knott, Indiana University
Respondent

1:00–2:30
Lunch
2:30–5:00
Session 2

Edward Gray, Florida State University
Tom Paine’s Iron Bridge, .from Common Sense to Rights of Man

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, University of Michigan
Respondent

Bernard Herman, University of Delaware
Troublesome Things: Why the Eighteenth Century Needs Its Objects

David Waldstreicher, Temple University
Respondent

Program: May 18, 2007

10:00 a.m.–12:30
Session 3

David Waldstreicher, Temple University
Political Culture beyond Ideology: The Case of Slavery and the Constitution

Toby Ditz, Johns Hopkins University
Respondent

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, University of Michigan
The Paradox of Political Representation: Voters under Coverture

Bryan Waterman, New York University
Respondent

12:30–2:00
Lunch
2:00–4:30
Session 4

Sarah Knott, Indiana University
Self and the Cultural History of Eighteenth-Century America

Bernard Herman, University of Delaware
Respondent

Robert St. George, University of Pennsylvania
Desire Lines in Eighteenth-Century Maine

Edward Gray, Florida State University
Respondent

4:30–5:00
Final Discussion

Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles