Welcome!

The Board of Governors of the John Carter Brown Library invites you to a special reunion of its associates, friends, and fellows. The weekend’s events will commence on Friday afternoon, May 1st, at 2 p.m. with a series of seminar sessions held throughout the Library, convened and orchestrated by individuals whose scholarly orientation complement one another and that reflect the breadth and range of research at the JCB. That evening, there will be a lecture by Director and Librarian Neil Safier entitled One Hundred Years Since Winship: Speaking to the Past and Future of the John Carter Brown Library.

On Saturday, we will have four plenary sessions over the course of the day, beginning with a roundtable on “Environmental History: Discourses and Disasters.” In the late-morning, we will hold a special event consisting of five 10-minute JCBx talks, highlighting in a new genre some of the exciting recent scholarship the Library has generated. Two plenary roundtables will round out the afternoon: one dedicated to revisionist historiographies related to indigenous history and the Columbian encounter (dedicated to the late R. David Parsons, member of the JCB Board of Governors from 2004-2014) and the other focused on Director and Librarian Emeritus Norman Fiering’s scholarly legacies at and beyond the Library. We will cap off our activities with a special dinner and celebration honoring Norman on the Brown University Green.

Finally, on Sunday, we are planning some relaxing and informal events, including a screening of Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels,  followed by a Q&A with filmmakerMarcus Rediker.