The Spirit of America Research Symposium: Learn how scholars are using the Weiner Collection 

Scholars from across the U.S. are visiting to conduct research in the Marvin and Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection! 

The Weiner Collection of rare books emulates the personal libraries of such founders as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

In this symposium, the Visiting Fellows will present their research and discuss how it relies on examining the treasures of the Spirit of America Collection.

This event is free and open to the public. This is made possible by the support of the FAU Libraries, the History Department, the Associates of the Spirit of America Collection, and Howard and Judith Weiner. 


4pm Thursday, October 28, 2021

5th Floor, Wimberly Library, FAU


Presentations by the 2021 Fellows:

Dusty Dye

University of Maryland, College Park, Department of History

"A Decent External Sorrow": Death, Mourning, and the American Revolution


Makiki Reuvers

University of Pennsylvania, Department of History

Bodies of Empire: The Political, Religious, and Corporeal Makings of Subjecthood in Seventeenth-Century New England


Elizabeth Schmidt

University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of History

Food Anxieties and the Making and Unmaking of Colonial Identities in the Eighteenth Century British Atlantic



Learn about New Research on Colonial American History, 1607-1775


FAU announces a new partnership with the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Florida


The Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship in Memory of Kenneth R. LaVoy Jr. supports the research of scholars as they write the newest important books on the history of Colonial America. To celebrate the program’s launch, inaugural recipients from around the country and internationally will give presentations that preview their books for the public. There will be a lecture, reception, and display of original rare 17th- and 18th-century books, drawn from FAU’s Marvin and Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection.


Location: 5th floor of the Wimberly Library


The People Behind the First Colony: How English Society Established Jamestown, Virginia

Misha Ewen, Ph.D., Curator and Historian, Historic Royal Palaces (UK)

Thursday, November 18, 2021

2:00 p.m.

For this in-person event at FAU, the speaker will appear by video feed from the UK.


Captive Exchanges: Prisoners of War in the 18th Century

Adrian Finucane, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, FAU

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

4:00 p.m.


Colonial Wars as the 'Wrath of God': The Origins of American Antislavery.

Nicholas Wood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Spring Hill College

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

4:00 p.m.


This program is made possible by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Florida through the Society of Colonial Wars Fellowship in Memory of Kenneth R. LaVoy Jr., the FAU Libraries, and the Department of History