Sawyer Seminar

Work-in-Progress Seminars

The Work-in-Progress workshop offers a space for scholars to present and receive feedback on ongoing research broadly related to the Sawyer Seminar theme in a supportive, semi-structured format. We welcome faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students of any social science and humanities discipline from all Rochester-area institutions of higher education to share their work and participate in the monthly workshops. Presenters may offer an article or chapter-length piece of writing, a multimedia exhibit, digital humanities project, or equivalent work. We encourage anyone interested to attend regardless of whether they present their research. In addition to offering useful feedback to presenters, our goal is to sustain a broader conversation on the Sawyer Seminar themes over the course of the academic year.

During the workshop, presenters may give a brief, informal introduction to the workshop contextualizing the pre-circulated paper or work, approximately 20 minutes. Then, seminar participants will offer feedback and engage in a discussion around the presented work. Papers will be pre-circulated among the Sawyer Seminar mailing list and advertised via Humanities Center media channels.

Work-in-Progress workshops will be held on Wednesdays once per month from noon-2 p.m. in Conference Room D (Rm. 202) in Rush Rhees Library. Please join us at 11:30 a.m. if you wish to eat lunch before the seminar. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no food may be consumed during the program.

Please contact Daniel McDonald ( with questions.

Spring 2022 Schedule

February 16
Walter Steingress, Visiting Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Rochester

March 2
Ricardo Milhouse, Postdoctoral Fellow, Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester

April 6
John Kapusta, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the Eastman School of Music

"Out of the fire, into the frying pan, into the sky": James Nash and Black Dance from St. Louis to Watts to San Francisco." 

May 4
Lakmali Jayasinghe, Postdoctoral Associate, Humanities Center, University of Rochester

Fall 2021 Schedule

September 15
Daniel McDonald, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Humanities Center (History), University of Rochester
“Exodus: Mobility and Citizenship in Developmentalist Brazil”

October 13
Bethany Lacina, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester
"Settlers and newcomers: When does migration lead to anti-government violence?"

November 10
Jae-Un Kim, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Rochester
“Examining the Effects of Exclusion on Immigrant Assimilation Efforts during the Chinese Exclusion Era (1882-1943)”

December 15
Justin Grossman, PhD Candidate in History, University of Rochester
“Shared Land, Shared Identity: Women's Power and Leadership Among the Aquinnah Wampanoag Since 1862”