September Events at Tufts: Symposium on 1763 Treaty of Paris & Conversation on Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire

1. War, Peace, and Empire: the 1763 Paris Treaty in Diplomatic-Historical Perspective

Saturday September 21, 2013
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Free but registration online is required.


Alumnae Hall Lounge
40 Talbot Ave
Medford MA 02155

Directions & Parking

The entrance to Alumnae Hall, 40 Talbot Avenue, is through the white columned entry porch marked “The Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center.” The Lounge is located on the ground floor immediately off the lobby (turn right after entering). On-street parking will be available in front of Alumnae Hall and also in Aidekman Parking Lot 2, which is accessible from Lower Campus Road.


In recognition of the 1763 Treaty of Paris 250th this year, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy will be the host for the day-long Symposium “War, Peace, and Empire: the 1763 Paris Treaty in Diplomatic-Historical Perspective” on Saturday, September 21—the UN-declared International Day of Peace—in the Alumnae Hall Lounge. The 1763 treaty, which ended the global Seven Years War for the French, British, Spanish, and Portuguese parties to the conflict, cemented Britain’s position as a world power. Redrawing the map of North America, the Paris agreement also set the stage for actions and events leading to the American Revolution and, in the much longer term, the emergence of a bilingual Canadian nation. The British copy of the Treaty is currently on display minutes away from the Tufts campus at the Bostonian Society’s Old State House museum. As centerpiece of the exhibition “1763: A Revolutionary Peace,” the document will be on view there through October 7 in an exclusive North American showing as part of Boston’s unique international commemoration of the 1763 Treaty. Chaired by Alan K. Henrikson, Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History and Director of Diplomatic Studies at the Fletcher School, the 1763 Symposium is being presented in partnership with the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration, which brought the Treaty to Boston. Scholars of eighteenth-century war, diplomacy, and geopolitics will discuss and debate the 1763 Treaty’s place in the history of international relations, and be joined by international relations experts to consider changes and continuities in diplomatic culture and practice from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first. Symposium participants include French Diplomatic Archives treaties curator Françoise Janin, UK Consul General to Montreal Patrick Holdich, international lawyer Ian Johnstone (Fletcher School), and historians Linda Frey (KSU), Marsha Frey (UM), Eliga Gould (UNH), Renaud Morieux (Cambridge), Matt Schumann (Eastern Michigan), John Shovlin (NYU), and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (Tufts). An integral part of the 1763 Peace of Paris Commemoration, which is institutionally hosted by the Bostonian Society, the Symposium is made possible by a grant from the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts and by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities—Division of Public Programs, the Trustees of the Lowell Institute, the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Boston, the Ministère des Affaires Étrangères/Archives Diplomatiques, and the British Consulate General in Boston. Leadership support for the exhibition “1763: A Revolutionary Peace” was provided by the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation and the Society of Colonial Wars led by the Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and General Societies.

Contact Information

Donald C. Carleton, Jr.

2. Slavery & Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire

Join us for a conversation with Professor Josep M. Fradera.  We will be discussing his article “Moments in a postponed abolition,” from our new co-edited book Slavery & Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire (New York, 2013).  The meeting will take place in the East Hall lounge at Tufts from 12 to 1pm.

Professor Fradera teaches at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.  He is the author of many works on aspects of Spanish, Catalan, and global history, including Colonias para después de un imperio (2005) and the co-edited Endless Empire: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Decline (2012).

Please rsvp to me at  If you plan to attend I can send you a pdf of the article under discussion.

Sponsored by the Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture & Civilization

Chris Schmidt-Nowara

Tufts University


About emspanishhistorynotes

Scott Taylor is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky.


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