In addition to supporting our fellows through various stages of the doctorate, the Program aspires to foster and strengthen relationships among all members of the Mellon Mays community. To that end, the Lecture Series brings together undergraduates, graduate students, coordinators, and faculty in each region for intellectual engagement and community-building. Each lecture allows a Mellon Ph.D. the opportunity to speak on their research or a current topic, and fellows and coordinators gather afterwards for a reception. To date, lectures have taken place in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Atlanta.
Brooklyn, NY - February 21, 2013
We were honored to have Dr. Dennis Tyler, Mellon PhD and Assistant Professor of English at Fordham University. The title of his talk was, "Losing Limbs in the Republic," which concerns the ways in which slave laws mandate disability as a punishment for the fugitive slave who seeks freedom.