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John Winthrop's Worlds:

England and New England 1588-1649

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

17-18 September, 1999
sponsored by
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
The Massachusetts Historical Society
The Oxford American Institute
The Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture

Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the death of John Winthrop, this conference has been designed to review the state of the fields of colonial New England studies and Tudor-Stuart England studies at the close of the twentieth century, and to encourage interaction between scholars in those two fields. Thus, most sessions feature a look at a particular subject from the perspectives of England and new England in the time period. Each presenter has been asked to prepare a paper that will be a creative synthesis – a review of the subject enriched by the scholar's own research and insights. All papers will be pre-distributed to those who register so that sessions will focus on discussion of the papers.

Friday, 17 September 1999

9:00 - 10:15
England in the Armada Year, 1588
Pauline Croft, University of London

10:30 - 12:00

Session A: Society and Life in Old and New England
Chair: Roger Thompson, University of East Anglia
England: Diarmaid MacCulloch, Oxford
New England: Jenny Pulsipher, Brandeis University

Session B: Political Thought in a Turbulent Age
Chair: T. H. Breen, Northwestern U
England: Michael Mendle, University of Alabama
New England: Darren Staloff, CCNY

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:15 - 2:45

Session A: Gender Identities
Chair: Susan Amussen
England: Frances Dolan, Miami U. of Ohio
New England: Richard Godbeer, U of California Riverside

Session B: Forms and Functions of Local Government
Chair: Cynthia Herrup, Duke University
England: Michael Braddick, University of Sheffield
New England: Christopher Fritsch, Oxford

3:00 - 4:30

Session A: Women's Experience in the early Modern World
Chair: Mary Beth Norton, Cornell University
England: Lynn Bothelo, Indiana University of Pa
New England: Laurel Ulrich, Harvard University

Session B: The Law and Law Reform
Chair: John Murrin, Princeton University
England: James Hart, University of Oklahoma
New England: Richard Ross, University of Chicago Law School

4:45 - 6:15

Session A: Puritans in the Marketplace
Chair: Dwight Bozeman, University of Iowa
England: John Craig, Simon Fraser University
New England: Mark Valeri, Union Theological Seminary of Va

Session B: Puritanism Ideas and Consequences
Chair: Anthony Milton, University of Sheffield
England: Peter Lake, Princeton University
New England: Michael Winship, University of Georgia

Saturday, 18 September 1999

9:00 - 10:30

The Puritan Choice in 1630
Chair: Richard Dunn, University of Pennsylvania
To Stay – Oliver Cromwell: John Morrill, Cambridge University
The Irish Alternative: Alan Ford, Durham University
To Migrate – John Winthrop: Francis Bremer, Millersville U

10:30 - 12:00

Session A: Poverty
Chair: Paul Slack, Oxford University
England: Steve Hindle, Warwick University
New England: Stephen Innes, U of Virginia

Session B: The Practice of Piety
Chair: Michael McGiffert, Omohundro IEAHC
England: Tom Webster, University of Edinburgh
New England: Mark Peterson, University of Iowa

12: 00 - 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:45

Session A: The Medical World
Chair: Michael McDonald, University of Michigan
England: Margaret Pelling, Oxford U
New England: Robert Charles Anderson, NEHGS

Session B: The Treatment of Religious Dissent
Chair: Judith Maltby, Oxford University
England: Kenneth Fincham, University of Kent
New England: Michael Ditmore, Pepperdine University

3:00 - 4:30

Session A: The World of the Book: Literature and Its Audience
Chair: Jill Lepore, Boston University
England: Alexandra Walsham, University of Exeter
New England: David D. Hall, Harvard Divinity School

Session B: Worlds of Wonders and Witches
Chair: John Demos, Yale University
England: Malcolm Gaskill, Anglia Polytechnic University
New England: Elizabeth Reis, University of Oregon
Exorcism in Old and New England: Tom Freeman, Rutger's U

4:30 - 6:00

Panel: Changes and Continuities England and New England in the early Seventeenth Century
Chair: Stephen Foster, University of Northern Illinois
Charles Cohen, University of Wisconsin
Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University
Linda Levy Peck, George Washington University
Tim Harris, Brown Uninversity
Kevin Phillips


Dinner and Closing Address:
Winthrop's Worlds in 1649
David Cressy, Ohio State University

Registration Information

Individual Registration Fee: $100
Graduate Student Registration Fee: $80
Registration for a couple: $150 (one set of papers)
All registrations include admission to all sessions, a copy of all papers mailed to you prior to the confference, and the Saturday evening dinner.


A Rooms at The Inn, a Best Western Hotel on campus are currently all booked, but you could check on being placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations. The rate per night is $73, which includes a continental breakfast. To reserve a room call (717-872-4600) and use the code "Winthrop Conference". Additional rooms are being held at the Brunswick Hotel in downtown Lancaster (717-397-4801). The rate is $79 per night. Nearby alternative motels (where we do not have special rates guaranteed) include the Comfort Inn (717-898-2431), Fairfield Inn by Marriott (717-581-1800), the Hilton Garden Inn (717-560-0880), the Sleep Inn (717-285-0444), Travelodge (717-397-4201), the Westfield Inn (717-397-9300), and the Willow Valley Resort (717-464-2711).

For further information and registration materials contact Dr. Francis J. Bremer at Millersville University:
Phone: 717-872-3548

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