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May 16, 2013

American Revolution Reborn: New Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century

The Museum of the American Revolution is pleased to join Frank Fox, the American Philosophical Society, the David Library of the American Revolution, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies as a major sponsor of The American Revolution Reborn: New Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century. This international conference, which received additional support from the Library Company of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Williams College, will be held in Philadelphia from May 30 - June 1, 2013. The conference is free and open to the public. Click here to view the full program and to register.

The conference aims to identify new directions and trends in scholarship on the American Revolution. The conference organizers, listed below, expect that it will be the first in a series of conferences exploring important themes on the era of the American Revolution. The four themes that will guide the first conference are Global Perspectives, Power, Violence, and Civil War.

The program is designed to foster conversation between panelists and the audience. It is hoped that this dialogue will point toward, and catalyze, new directions in scholarship. Instead of reading papers, panelists will pre-circulate short papers (10 pages).

The conference aims to identify new directions and trends in scholarship on the American Revolution. The conference organizers, listed below, expect that it will be the first in a series of conferences exploring important themes on the era of the American Revolution. The four themes that will guide the first conference are Global Perspectives, Power, Violence, and Civil War.

The program is designed to foster conversation between panelists and the audience. It is hoped that this dialogue will point toward, and catalyze, new directions in scholarship. Instead of reading papers, panelists will pre-circulate short papers (10 pages).

In the papers sessions, panelists will have just eight minutes to present their work, leaving the larger part of each papers session for discussion with the audience. After each papers session, a commentary session will follow. A group of eminent scholars will continue the conversation, reflecting on the papers and discussion. In addition, the conference has ample time for participants to talk casually with one another between sessions and at lunch and dinner each day.

The conference is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required for on-line access to the pre-circulated papers. HISTORY and Sam Adams will be sponsoring the closing reception to be held at the Museum of the American Revolution's building.

Organizing Committee
Co-Chair: Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Chair: Patrick Spero, Williams College
Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina
Woody Holton, University of South Carolina
Benjamin Irvin, University of Arizona
Brendan McConville, Boston University
Andrew O'Shaughnessy, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello
Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University