Boston Seminar on African American History

The Massachusetts Historical Society and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are pleased to announce a new seminar series, the Boston African American History Seminar. Five sessions are being planned for dates between October and April. The first sessions will be held at the MHS at 1154 Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. To be added to an email list that will announce these programs, please email


Our goal is to spotlight some of the most exciting new work in the field of African American History. MHS seminars offer stimulating conversations that can inform participants’ own work and are designed to facilitate networking. The seminars comprise a welcoming community of scholars from throughout the region, and the format of the sessions leaves plenty of time to socialize over a light supper.


Two sessions have already been planned for the fall. On October 18, Kellie Carter Jackson at Wellesley College will present “Losing Laroche: The Story of the Titanic’s Only Black Passenger.” On November 15, Christina Davidson of the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University will present “An ‘Organic Union’: Ecclesiastical Imperialism and Caribbean Missions.” These are complemented by at least five sessions in three other MHS series that will be of interest to scholars of African American history from the colonial period to the present day.


Attendance is free, but you can subscribe online ($25) for the convenience of advance online access to the papers in FOUR series: this, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Boston Environmental History Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture. Subscribe online at RSVP by emailing Follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research.


We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!