Summer Seminars


Material Religion: Objects, Images, Books
June 25—30, 2023

Chris Allison and Sonia Hazard will be co-leading this year's PHBAC/CHAViC summer seminar in-person here at the American Antiquarian Society. More information and online application

Sonia Hazard is associate professor of religion at Florida State University. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled Building Evangelical America: How the American Tract Society Laid the Groundwork for a Religious Revolution, is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Christopher Allison is director of the McGreal Center at Dominican University. He is the author of Protestant Relics: Capturing the Sacred Body in Early America (University of Chicago Press, 2022).


Rare Book School comes to AAS this summer

Benjamin Fagan and Derrick R. Spires will be teaching the Rare Book School in person class H-185. African American Print Cultures in the Nineteenth Century here at the American Antiquarian Society. The class will take place July 16-21, 2023.

Derrick R. Spires is Associate Professor of Literatures in English and affiliate faculty in American Studies, Visual Studies, and Media Studies at Cornell University. He specializes in early African American and American print culture, citizenship studies, and African American intellectual history. His first book, The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), won the Modern Language Association Prize for First Book and the Bibliographical Society/St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize.

Benjamin Fagan is Associate Professor of English at Auburn University. A specialist in early African American literature and print culture, his work has appeared in journals such as American Literary History, African American Review, and American Periodicals. He is the author of The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation (2016), co-editor (with Kathleen Diffley) of Visions of Glory: The Civil War in Word and Image (2019), and editor of African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 (2021).

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