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“Talking in the Library” is an audio platform for scholars to share the projects they’re pursuing using the rich collections at America’s oldest cultural institution, the Library Company of Philadelphia.

This podcast is hosted by Will Fenton, the Director of Scholarly Innovation, produced by Ann McShane, and recorded at Indy Hall in Philadelphia.

Logo design by Nicole Graham. Theme music by Krestovsky ("Terrible Art").

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“Talking in the Library” is an audio platform for scholars to share the projects they’re pursuing using the rich collections at America’s oldest cultural institution, the Library Company of Philadelphia.

This podcast is hosted by Will Fenton, the Director of Scholarly Innovation, produced by Ann McShane, and recorded at Indy Hall in Philadelphia.

Logo design by Nicole Graham. Theme music by Krestovsky ("Terrible Art").

    Fireside Chat: Elizabeth Powel and the Founding of the Republic (Anthony & Snyder)

    Fireside Chat: Elizabeth Powel and the Founding of the Republic (Anthony & Snyder)

    Kayla Anthony serves as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks (PhilaLandmarks), currently in her second year. For eighty-nine years PhilaLandmarks has played a significant role in the historic preservation movement in Philadelphia by restoring, furnishing and presenting to the public its distinguished house museums: the Powel House, Grumblethorpe, Hill-Physick House and Historic Waynesborough. Previous to this position, Ms. Anthony served as PhilaLandmarks' Development and Programs Manager where she honed her vision to focus the organization on programmatic community engagement and contributed revenue development. She also served as the Resident Site Manager of the Hill-Physick House. Graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in French and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she brings a diverse, creative background to the organization, along with a keen understanding of strategic partnerships and networking.

    Samantha Snyder is the Reference Librarian at the Washington Library at George Washington's Mount Vernon. She has an upcoming chapter on Elizabeth Powel in the edited volume, Women in the World of Washington, set to be published by the University of Virginia Press in early 2021. She is also currently working on a longer biography of Elizabeth Powel. She earned her Master's of Library and Information Studies, and B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is currently pursuing a Master's in History at George Mason University, with a focus on Early American Women's History.

    This chat originally aired at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020.

    • 58 min
    Fireside Chat: America's First Celebrity Preacher (Seth Perry)

    Fireside Chat: America's First Celebrity Preacher (Seth Perry)

    Fireside Chat: America's First Celebrity Preacher and How He Perfected the Protestant Art of Talking about Yourself

    Dr. Seth Perry is Associate Professor of Religion in America at Princeton University. His first book, Bible Culture and Authority in the Early United States (Princeton University Press, 2018) explores the performative, rhetorical, and material aspects of bible-based authority in early-national America. His work has appeared in Church History, Early American Studies, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Sightings, and the LA Review of Books. Current projects include; an article on "scriptural failure"; a project on animals in early American religious history; and a biography of Lorenzo Dow, the early-national period's most famous itinerant preacher. Dr. Perry was a McNeil Center for Early American Studies Fellow at the Library Company in 2011.

    This chat originally aired at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2020.

    • 55 min
    Fireside Chat: How Parson Weems Remade George Washington(Steven C. Bullock)

    Fireside Chat: How Parson Weems Remade George Washington(Steven C. Bullock)

    Dr. Steven C. Bullock is Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His books include Tea Sets and Tyranny: The Politics of Politeness in Early America and Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840. Winner of WPI’s award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship, he has served as a Fulbright Lecturer in Japan. He also been published in Newsday and the Wall Street Journal, and appeared on ABC, CNN, NPR, and in documentaries that have aired on PBS, the History Channel, and elsewhere. Dr. Bullock was the Reese Fellow in American Bibliography at the Library Company of Philadelphia in 2017.

    This chat originally aired at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020.

    • 57 min
    Fireside Chat: Writing Across the Color Line (Lucas A. Dietrich)

    Fireside Chat: Writing Across the Color Line (Lucas A. Dietrich)

    Dr. Lucas A. Dietrich is Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a council member and former president of the New England American Studies Association and the recipient of a Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowship at the Newberry Library and a Directors' Scholarship at Rare Book School. Dr. Dietrich has published articles in Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), Book History, and Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA). His book, Writing Across the Color Line: U.S. Print Culture and the Rise of Ethnic Literature, has just been released by the University of Massachusetts Press. Dr. Dietrich was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia in 2016.

    This chat originally aired at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020.

    • 56 min
    Fireside Chat: Lawyers in Early American Cities: Loyalists as Clients (Sally Hadden)

    Fireside Chat: Lawyers in Early American Cities: Loyalists as Clients (Sally Hadden)

    Dr. Sally Hadden is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western Michigan University. Hadden writes about and researches law and history in early America. She is the author of Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas (Harvard University Press, 2001) and coeditor of three books: Signposts: New Directions in Southern Legal History (University of Georgia Press, 2013); A Companion to American Legal History (Wiley Blackwell, 2013); and Traveling the Beaten Path: Charles Tait’s Charges to Federal Grand Juries, 1822-1825 (University of Alabama School of Law/University of Alabama Press, 2013). Dr. Hadden is currently working on a study of the earliest U.S. Supreme Court (under contract with Cambridge University Press) and a monograph on eighteenth-century lawyers in colonial American cities, the subject of this talk. She has been a research fellow at the Library Company on three occasions (2003, 2005, and 2016).

    This chat originally aired at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 2, 2020.

    • 58 min
    Fireside Chat: Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution (Tyson Reeder)

    Fireside Chat: Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution (Tyson Reeder)

    Dr. Tyson Reeder is an expert in early U.S. foreign relations and state building. He is an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia where he serves as an editor with the Papers of James Madison. He is the author of Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution and the editor of the Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations. He is currently writing a book called Foreign Intrigues: James Madison, Party Politics, and Foreign Meddling in Early America. Dr. Reeder was a Program in Early American Economy and Society Fellow at the Library Company in 2013.

    This chat originally aired at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020.

    • 51 min

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