The David Library and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies are
sponsoring "George Washington and the American Nation," a one day symposium, on December 4, 1999. Papers will be precirculated and participants should register by November 15, 1999.
The morning session, chaired by Jean R. Soderlund, Professor of History, Lehigh University, includes the following speakers:
William A. Pencak, Professor of History, Penn State University.
“Washington’s Role as Commander-in-Chief Considered as a ‘First Presidency.’”
François Furstenberg, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University.
“Popular Historical Consciousness and the Death of George Washington.”
Scott Casper, Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada, Reno.
“The Washington Family in American Culture: Imagining the National Family.”
Jean B. Lee, Professor of American History at the University
of Wisconsin at Madison, will serve as commentator.
Michael W. Zuckerman, Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania, will chair the afternoon session:
Karen Lemmey, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Art History, City University of New York and Monuments Coordinator, City of New York.
“A Visual Legacy: Proposed Public Monuments to George Washington in Nineteenth-Century New York City.”
Rob Cox, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Michigan and Curator of Manuscripts, American Philosophical Society.
“Vox Populi: Spiritualism and George Washington’s Post-Mortem Speeches.”
Eileen Ka-May Cheng, Professor of History, Sarah Lawrence College.
“American Historical Writers and George Washington's Passions: National Identity, Social Order, and Causation in American Historiography, 1784-1850.”
David Waldstreicher, Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, will comment.
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