Eccles Centre Summer Scholars Seminar Series 2015

The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library would like to invite colleagues to join us for a series of free lunchtime events taking place in August where writers and scholars will discuss their work and forthcoming publications in an informal setting. All events take place 12.30-14.00, Bronte Room, British Library Conference Centre.  Attendance is free and all are welcome.  Tea and coffee will be provided. Visitors may bring their lunch if they wish.

The final talks are:

Monday 24 August    
‘The Poetics of Reticence: Emily Dickinson and Her Contemporaries’
Eve Grubin (Kingston University & NYU London) discusses Emily Dickinson’s poems and their characteristic style against the backdrop of poetry written by other American women during Dickinson’s time. Find out more and reserve seats…

Friday 28 August       
‘British Intervention in the American Civil War: Case Closed?’
David Brown (University of Manchester; Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow) reconsiders the case for British intervention in the American Civil War (1861-65). While most scholars suggest this was unlikely, could the Lancashire cotton famine have forced the British government to break its policy of neutrality?
‘“The Seal and his Jacket”: Conservation, Cruelty and Consumption in the Fur Seal Fisheries of Alaska, 1850-1914’
Helen Cowie (University of York; Eccles Centre Visiting Fellow) discusses her research on the sealskin industry in late-nineteenth-century Alaska. Find out more and reserve seats…

For details of future sessions, see the series brochure; full abstracts for each talk are available on the Eccles Centre website.

2) SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY

WordPower: Britain and the American Constitution
Tuesday 8 September, 18.30-20.00, British Library Terrace Restaurant, £8 / £6 / £5 Book via the BL Box Office
The United States was created by a war against Britain and is separated from it by more than the Atlantic. Most specifically, America’s constitution is often represented as critically different from Britain’s own  “unwritten” constitution.  For the 2015 Eccles Centre Fulbright Commission Lecture, Linda Colley examines the validity of such views, and British reactions over time to written constitutions. Find out more… Organised in collaboration with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Let’s All Move to Detroit
Monday 14 September, 18.30-20.00, British Library Conference Centre, £5 / £4 / £3 Book via the BL Box Office
Benjamin Markovits (2015 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence) reads from and discusses his new novel, You Don’t Have to Live Like This (Faber 2015), about race, justice and the American way, set in an experimental community in Detroit. Ben will be in conversation with writer and critic Erica Wagner (2014 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence). The event will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing. Find out more…

Books Talk Back with Tracy Chevalier
Monday 21 September, 18.30-20.00, British Library Conference Centre, Free by reservation via the BL Box Office
Books Talk Back is an informal and interactive literary event for aspiring authors.  A small, selected panel of unpublished authors will read an extract of their novel to guest author Tracy Chevalier and the audience, and will then receive feedback from both. Find out more…

Making Room: The Housing Crisis in New York and London
Monday 28 September, 18.30-20.00, British Library Conference Centre, £5 / £4 / £3 Book via the BL Box Office
Arguably the capitals of the world, New York and London, share great wealth and power. However at their heart they have some real challenges, including unaffordable housing and infrastructure not suited for modern life. In this Benjamin Franklin House Symposium, award-winning architect John McAslan will address the housing crises in both cities and suggest a template for change. Find out more…Organised in collaboration with Benjamin Franklin House.

3) ECCLES CENTRE AWARDS & OPPORTUNITIES
Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award 2016
Applications are invited for the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award 2016. This award of £20,000, now in its fifth year, is open to writers resident in the United Kingdom. Writers should be working on a non-fiction or fiction full-length book the research for which requires that they make extensive use of the British Library’s collections relating to the USA, Canada or the Caribbean (deadline 31 August). Find out more…

For details of future sessions, see the series brochure;  full abstracts for each talk are available on the Eccles Centre website.