LLC30: Culture and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century New York


We are 19th-century scholars interested in race, gender, reform, religion, politics, art, and literature in 19th-century New York. We are graduate students, faculty, and librarians who look at site specific archives, visual culture, and literature.

Open to New People

Active since: 2019

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester
  • Cornell University

Collaborative Goals

This group has met since 2019, with interruptions from the pandemic in 2020. We meet in Ithaca, Syracuse, and Rochester with faculty and graduate students involved in archives and literary questions about 19th century U.S. culture.

We now propose meeting in Ithaca in September 2023 with a keynote speaker, two graduate student panels, and a round table discussion. We will be following this meeting after a planned meeting in Rochester in April 2023, ideally to be followed by another meeting in Rochester in Fall 2024.

Group Organizers

Dorri Beam

Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University

Ezra Tawil

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

Shirley Samuels

Professor of English, Director of American Studies, Cornell University

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


Planning Meeting for Rochester 2024

April 21, 2023, 2:30 p.m.

Britt Rusert Lecture

Sept. 29, 2023, 4:30 p.m.

Group Outcomes

We have now organized a meeting for fall 2023 with a keynote speaker (Professor Britt Rusert) and a series of papers delivered by graduate students. We also, at their request, plan a faculty panel on working with archives.