To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, you are invited to join a panel of rising stars in the study of America’s Founding Era who will talk about their work, and the state of the field, in a discussion led by Library Director Douglas Bradburn. Join us for lively and informative conversation, with ample opportunity for questions from the audience, followed by a cocktail reception in the Vaughan Lobby.

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Hannah Farber, Ph.D.

Hannah Farber is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Boston College. She holds a Ph. D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B. A. from Yale University. Her recently completely dissertation is entitled “Underwritten States: Marine Insurance and the Making of Bodies Politic in America, 1622-1815.” A larger work in progress uses material culture to trace disputes over the nationality of commercial property during the long eighteenth century.

Brian Phillips Murphy, Ph.D.

Brian Phillips Murphy is an assistant professor of history at Baruch College – City University of New York. He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia, where in 2008 he completed his dissertation, "Empire State Building: The Formation of States and Parties in New York, 1783-1850." A much-revised version titled Building the Empire State: Political Economy in Early America will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in early 2015.

Dael A. Norwood, Ph.D.

Dael A. Norwood is a historian of the early United States specializing in the global dimensions of American politics, culture, and economics. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2012, and is currently serving as a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University. In spring 2015, he will start as an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Douglas Bradburn, Ph.D.

Douglas Bradburn is Founding Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, and author of the Citizenship Revolution: Politics and the Creation of the American Union.

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