The Pacific Rim in Early America

UO English hosts the 11th biennial conference of the Society of Early Americanists

Thursday, February 28th - Saturday, March 2nd


Please join us at the 11th biennial conference of the Society for Early Americanists. The conference highlights exciting scholarship in early American literature and history, Indigenous studies, early Carribean studies, literature and the environment, and more.

The Eugene biennial is the first SEA conference to be held on the West Coast. As such, it will highlight how the Pacific Rim and the West are significant for Early American Studies, beyond the U.S. expansionist narratives of Lewis and Clark.

The conference will run from Thursday, February 28th through Saturday, March 2nd, and it features keynote speeches by:

  • Professor Chris Cameron, University of North Carolina–Charlotte, founder of the African American Intellectual History Society and author of To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement
    • 4:30 PM, March 2nd, Playwrights Ballroom, Hotel Eugene
  • Professor Lisa Brooks, Amherst College, author of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War
    • 6:00 PM, February 28th, EMU Ballroom
  • Professor Michelle Burnham, Santa Clara University, author of “The Revolutionary Pacific: Transoceanic American Writing and the Calculus of Risk”
    • 12:00 PM, March 1st, Playwrights Ballroom, Hotel Eugene
  • Professor Melinda Marie Jetté, author of At the Hearth of the Crossed Races: A French-Indian Community in Nineteenth-Century Oregon, 1812-1859
    • 12:00 PM, March 1st, Playwrights Ballroom, Hotel Eugene

This event is sponsored by UO English and organized by Professor Gordon Sayre, the current President of the Society, and Professor Elizabeth Bohls, a member of the program committee.

For more information, including a program, please visit the SEA conference page. We hope to see you there!