LLC30: Culture and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century New York


A group of 19th-Century scholars interested in studying and bringing to life the dynamic interplay of race, gender, reform, religion, politics, art, and literature in 19th-century New York.

Active since: 2019

Open to New People

  • Syracuse University
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

The Working Group has been restricted from meeting since Fall 2019 because of the pandemic. The Group first sought to host a couple of speakers that could energize faculty and graduate students, and did so on March 11 and April, 2022. The Group also met as a group on April 30, 2022, to introduce ourselves and to discuss another planning meeting for Fall 2022 (tentative date: September 23-24, 2022). The idea was to brainstorm about possibilities for both Fall 2022 and Fall 2023 in and around Ithaca, New York. The Workin Group is also planning a more public event for Fall 2023.

Group Organizers

Shirley Samuels

Professor of English, Director of American Studies, Cornell University

Dorri Beam

Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University

Patricia Roylance

Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University

Derrick Spires

Associate Professor of Literatures in English, Cornell University

Ezra Tawil

Professor of English, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Rochester

Group Members

  • Gerard Aching, Professor, African Studies, Cornell University
  • Jeffrey Adams, Graduate Student, Syracuse University
  • Alex Black, Assistant Professor, English, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Kimiyo Bremer, Ph.D. Student in History of Art, Cornell University
  • Charline Jao, Ph.D. Student, Cornell University
  • Madeline Krumel, Graduate Student, Syracuse University
  • Will Marple, Graduate Student, Syracuse University
  • Chanté Morris, Ph.D. Student, Cornell University
  • Seth Murray, Ph.D. Student, University of Rochester
  • Jon Parmenter, Professor, History, Cornell University
  • Joan Shelley Rubin, Professor, History, University of Rochester
  • Lenora Warren, Professor, Cornell University

Non Corridor Members

  • Mary Grace Albanese, Professor, SUNY Binghamton
  • Crystal Donkor, Professor, English, SUNY New Paltz
  • Matt Seybold, Professor, Elmira College


Spring 2023 Conference Planning

April 30, 2022, 9 a.m.

Planning meetings

Sept. 23, 2022, 1 p.m.

Group Outcomes

The meeting on April 30, 2022 brought together a number of faculty and graduate students who had never met before. The Working Group anticipates that the "ripple effect" will appear in subsequent meetings.