Annenberg Seminar in History 2020-2021

Seminars will be held on the dates listed below on Tuesdays at 4:30PM virtually unless otherwise noted. Papers will be posted via PennKey access below and available to download at this webpage approximately one week prior to the presentation.

Please direct any questions about the series to Professor Antonio Feros:


Spring 2021


Tuesday, January 26 - 4:30pm
Celebrating New Faculty Books
Ann Moyer (UPenn), author of The Intellectual World of Sixteenth-Century Florence: Humanists and Culture in the Age of Cosimo I (2020), in conversation with Eva Del Soldato (UPenn)



Tuesday, February 2 - 4:30pm
Kellie Carter Jackson, Wellesley College

“Dare You Meet a Woman”: Black Women, Abolitionism, and Protective Violence, 1850–1859

Read the pre-circulated paper here.


Kellie Carter Jackson is the Knafel Assistant Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. Her book, Force & Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence, provides the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists. Force and Freedom won the James H. Broussard Best First Book Prize, was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, a finalist for the Museum of African American History Stone Book Prize, and listed among thirteen books to read on African American History by the Washington Post. Carter Jackson is also co-editor of Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, & Memory, the first scholarly collection of essays devoted to understanding the remarkable impact of Alex Haley’s Roots. She is the co-host of the podcast “This Day in Esoteric Political History” and her essays have been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Time, and Black Perspectives. She has also been interviewed for her expertise for MSNBC, SkyNews (UK), the New York Times, PBS, Vox, The Huff Post, C-SPAN, the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera International and Slate. She has been featured in a host of documentaries and podcasts on history, race, violence, and politics in the United States. Carter Jackson is also a commissioner for the Massachusetts Historical Commission, where she represents the Museum of African American History in Boston. She is a proud Howard University alum and mom of three. You can follow her on Twitter @kcarterjackson.

Tuesday, February 9 – 4:30pm
Graduate Work in Progress
Lacy Feigh (UPenn) - "Punishing Slavery: Enforcing Abolition in Southwest Ethiopia, 1942-1952”
Gabriel Raeburn (UPenn) - "'The color line was washed away in the blood':Race and Prosperity in the Pentecostal Healing Revival, 1940s – 1960s."

Tuesday, February 23 – 4:30pm
Graduate Work in Progress
Mengliu Cheng (UPenn) - “Preaching Modernity: Presbyterian Missions and Agricultural Extension in China(1917-1927)”
Shang (Kaho) Yasuda (UPenn) - “Who Are We? Han-Taiwanese and
Indigenous Veterans of the Japanese Imperial Army (1941-1945)”
Moderator: Daniel Richter (UPenn)



Tuesday March 9-4:30PM

Penn and Slavery Project

Speaker TBA

Tuesday, March 16 – 4:30pm
Deirdre Cooper Owens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Tuesday, March 23 – 4:30pm
Graduate Work in Progress
Aron Brouwer (UPenn), “The Pan-Fascist Paradox: How Does a Nationalist- Minded Fascist Think and Act Transnationally?”
Kimberly White (UPenn), "Legal Armor: The Reagan Administration’s Use of Law to Justify the Grenada Invasion"
Moderator: Daniel Richter (UPenn)

Tuesday, March 30 - 4:30pm
Keisha N. Blain, University of Pittsburgh



Tuesday, April 6 – 4:30pm
Natasha G. Wheatley, Princeton University

Tuesday, April 12 – 12:00pm (Special Time)
Carlo Ginzburg, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Roger Chartier, UPenn and Collège de France

“Morphology and History: A Conversation”

Tuesday, April 20 – 4:30pm
Brandon Byrd, Vanderbilt University

Tuesday, April 27 - 4:30pm
Celebrating New Faculty Books
Mia Bay (UPenn), author of Traveling Black. A Story of Race and Resistance (2021), in conversation with Heather Williams (UPenn)



Tuesday, May 4 – 4:30pm
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University