The Work and Legacies of Stuart B. Schwartz: A Celebration

Saturday, April 20, 2024 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall LUCE, 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

After a remarkably long and productive career, Stuart B. Schwartz, George Burton Adams
Professor of History, is preparing to take leave of his formal duties. Following thirty years at the
University of Minnesota, he put in close to another thirty at Yale. His scholarship has left an
indelible mark on the historiographies of Brazil, Portugal, Spain, and the early modern Atlantic
world. He has worked across a broad range of themes: the social history of slavery and
plantations, hurricanes and insect infestation, the political and cultural history of New
Christians, ethnogenesis. The list goes on. As a teacher, as a mentor, and as a colleague, Stuart
Schwartz has engaged us all over the years with his intelligence, knowledge, and friendship.

This one-day event is the occasion to come together and celebrate Stuart Schwartz’s career.
Instead of the classic papers in panels format, the conference will run through different modes
so as to best combine the contributions and reflections of students, former advisees, and
colleagues. There will be a block of research papers, blocks of three-minute speed talks on the
current research of past students, as well as short overviews and appreciations of Stuart’s
contributions to different historiographical fields. We will conclude with a round-table and
closing responses by Stuart himself.

Date and venue:
Saturday, April 20th, 2024
Hosted by CLAIS MacMillan Center
Venue: Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse St., New Haven), Auditorium

Morning Session 1
9:00 - Introductions.
9:15 - 10:00 Research papers (10 minutes per)
Erika Helgen, Yale University
Ryan Crewe, University of Colorado, Denver
Andrew Konove, University of Texas - San Antonio
10:00 - 10:15 Chair & Discussion: Kris Lane, Tulane
10:15-10:45 Pedro Cardim, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, “Charting Stuart Schwartz’s
work on the Iberian Atlantic and Early Modern Iberia.” (30 minutes)

Coffee break 10:45-11:00

Morning Session 2
11:00-11:20 Former students - quick tour of their current research work (Speed talk
format, 5 minutes maximum each)
Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez - University of Texas, Austin
Carlos Aguirre - University of Oregon
Raphael Folsom - University of Oklahoma
Valeria López Fadul - Wesleyan
11:20-11:30 Chair and Discussion: Tatiana Seijas, Rutgers
11:30 - 11:45 Mary Ann Mahony, Central Connecticut State University, The impact of
Segredos Internos in k-12 education in southern Bahia, Brazil
11:45-12:00 Matt Mulcahy, Loyola University, Overview and commentary on Stuart’s
work in Caribbean and environmental history

Lunch 12:00–1:30

Afternoon Session 1
1:30-2:15 Former students - quick tour of current research work (Speed talk format, 5
minutes maximum each)
Adrián Lerner - University of Cambridge
Amy Chazkel - Columbia University
Patrick Barker - Yale University
Brandi Waters – The College Board, AP African American Studies
Victoria Langland, University of Michigan
2:15-2:30 Chair & Discussion TBD
2:30 - 3:00 Junia Furtado, Overview and commentary on Stuart’s work, the view from
Brazil (30 minutes)

Coffee break 3:00-3:15

Afternoon session 2:
Testimonios from colleagues.
3:15 - 3:45 In person (10 minutes each)
-Richard Kagan, Johns Hopkins
-Rich & Sally Price, William and Mary
-Allen and Barbara Isaacman, University of Minnesota
3:45 - 4:15 Zoom or Videos
-Herb Klein, Stanford (with recorded video in case of technical issues)
-Iris Kantor, Universidade de São Paulo
-Jean Frederique Schaub, EHESS France
-Frank Smith, Cambridge University Press
4:15- 5:00 Discussions on the day (led by Stuart’s Yale colleagues)
-Marcela Echeverri, Yale
-Gil Joseph, Yale
-Francesca Trivellato, Institute for Advanced Studies

Audience discussion, comments
5:00- 5:30 Stuart Schwartz, reflections and final words.