The 19th Century Seminar at GWU is a colloquium for students, faculty, and scholars in the DC and mid-Atlantic region with wide ranging interests in the nineteenth century. The specific topic for the 2017-2018 year, “Mobilities and Migrations: the 19th Century and Beyond,” is designed to explore how ideas, texts, and people moved within and beyond boundaries, whether physical, institutional, or ideological.

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Inaugural Meeting with Nathan Hensley

We invite you to join us on Friday October 20th at 1:30 for our inaugural meeting of the Mobilities and Migrations: 19th Century and Beyond Seminar. Nathan Hensley from Georgetown U will talk about his recent book, Forms of Empire, emphasizing along the way some of his archival discoveries and how that work migrated into the project.

Upcoming Events

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November 14, 2017: Maya Jasanoff to speak at the National Churchill Library and Center

JasanoffProfessor Maya Jasanoff will be at GW’s Churchill Center and Library at 2 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14th to discuss her new book. The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World .

The National Churchill Library and Center is located within The George Washington University’s Gelman Library at 2130 H St. NW, Washington, DC.

— With thanks to Prof. Dane Kennedy for submitting this event. 

November 29, 2017: Austen scholar Devoney Looser to speak at Stevenson University

Devoney Looser, Professor of English at Arizona State University, will speak about her book The Making of Jane Austen at Stevenson University.


For directions to Owings Mills Campus, please use the following link:

For directions to Rockland Banquet Hall, please type in “Rockland” in the search engine of the Owings Mills Campus Map in the link above. The Banquet Hall is located on the 2nd floor of Rockland Center. Parking is available in front of Rockland Center.

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December 1, 2017: Announcing Elaine Showalter as next speaker.

Join us for the second meeting of “Mobilities & Migrations: The Nineteenth Century Seminar at GWU”

We invite you to join us on Friday December 1st from 12:00-1:30 for our second meeting of our university seminar, Mobilities and Migrations: the 19th Century and Beyond. We are excited to be hosting Elaine Showalter, who will give an informal talk about her new work on the travels and travel writing of Julia Ward Howe. This meeting will be held in room B114 of the District House, located at 2121 H Street in Foggy Bottom (about half a block), across the street from Gelman Library (see below for directions). We will provide a light lunch for attendees!

Due to space and budget limitations, we will need to limit the number of guests to 25, and ask attendees to please RSVP on Eventbrite no later than Monday November 27th.

Public transportation is the easiest option around George Washington University.

From the Foggy Bottom/GWU stop (Blue, Silver, and Orange Lines), turn right at the top of the escalator and walk down 23rd Street until you come to H Street (1 block). Turn left on H Street and walk until you reach 2121 (about a block and a half). The District House will be on your left. If you reach 21st Street you have gone too far. (According to Google Maps, this is about a 7 minute walk.)

From the Farragut North stop (Red Line), walk half a block to the Connecticut Ave/L Street intersection, turn right down L Street and walk 4 blocks to 21st Street, turn left down 19th Street and walk to H Street (which is after Pennsylvania Ave.). Take a right onto H Street and continue about 3 1/2 blocks until you see the District House on your right. (According to Google Maps, this is about a 15 minute walk.)

Once you enter the District House off of H Street, head downstairs to the basement (B) level and you will find room B114 to the left.

Street parking is available, but spots are in high demand and frequently unavailable. GWU maintains a number of paid parking garages in the area, the Marvin Center Garage, on H Street between 21st and 22nd, is the closest to the District House. Rates here:

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December 6, 2017: Professors Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord to discuss At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life at CUA

CUA FlyerMaria Battista and Deborah Epstein Nord, Professors of English at Princeton University, will speak about their new book At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present at the Catholic University of America.

This event will take place on December 6th at 5:00 P.M. in the Keane Auditorium, McGivney Hall.

— with thanks to Dr. Rebecca Rainof, Associate Professor of English at the Catholic University of America for submitting this event.


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