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Nicole Roth <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:37:00 -0400
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The American Revolution Reborn: New Perspectives for the Twenty-First
Philadelphia, May 30-June 1, 2013

Thanks to an anonymous donation, the McNeil Center, the David Library of
the American Revolution, the Museum of the American Revolution, and the
American Philosophical Society will host an international conference on
the American Revolution featuring Linda Colley, Edward Countryman,
Christine Heyrman, Jane Kamensky, Margaretta Lovell, Marcus Rediker,
Annette Gordon-Reed, David Shields, Thomas Slaughter, Alan Taylor,
Laurel Thatch Ulrich, and an array of other emerging and established

Conference Overview
The conference aims to identify new directions and new trends in
scholarship on the American Revolution.  The conference organizers
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 format of the conference will differ from most academic conferences.
Instead of privileging papers, the conference organizers have created a
program that aims to foster conversation between panelists and the
audience with the hope that this dialogue will point toward the new
directions in scholarship that the conference hopes to catalyze.  For
that reason, we encourage all scholars interested in the era of the
American Revolution to attend.  We expect the audience to be as much a
part of the
conference as the panelists.

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 on what was
said.  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 will "happen" outside the sessions as much as
in them.

To learn more about the program and attending the conference, please visit:

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