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February 2012

In this issue:

I.      Next Lecture Series Event with Dr. Richard Allen Tomorrow at University of Wales, Newport
II.    Inaugural Global Britain Lecture at Humboldt University Berlin: Time Announced
III.  2012 Conference Programme (Draft) Now Available
IV.   Conference Registration is Now Open
V.     Our February Op-Ed Columns
VI.   Book of the Month
VII. Featured Scholar

I. Next Lecture Series Event with Dr. Richard Allen Tomorrow Evening at University of Wales, Newport

‘For the Better Management of the Poor: The Welsh Society of Philadelphia and the Relief of Emigrants, 1798-1850’

Dr Richard C. Allen

Reader in Early Modern Cultural History
University of Wales, Newport


1 March 2012, University of Wales, Newport, City Campus (Room A16)

6:00 – 8:30 pm

To reserve a spot please visit and click on “Book Your Place Now!”

Abstract:  This lecture provides a fascinating insight into one of the oldest benevolent societies in America with a history that stretches back to their first meeting on St David’s day in 1729.

Charity, members of the Welsh Society of Philadelphia recognised, began at home but also needed to be dispensed to the ‘remotest parts of the Earth’. This was articulated in the preamble to a constitution they drew up on 4 February 1799. It stated that newly arrived emigrants should be taken by the hand ‘instructing him in what he is ignorant of and providing for his Immediate necessities’. Sixty-four Welshmen (or the descendants of Welsh emigrants) held the first meeting of the Society a year earlier on 1 March 1798 in Philadelphia. As part of its remit, members were expected to provide moral support, financial assistance and practical relief for Welsh exiles who would struggle in a foreign land without help. It is a Society which has enjoyed an uninterrupted history to the present day and, naturally, a long-lasting association with Welsh-Americana, particularly its promotion of Welsh cultural activities and its annual St David’s day celebration.

The purpose of this paper is not, however, to record the complete history of this Philadelphian Welsh Society, but rather it will focus primarily on the development of this cultural body, its early membership and the significant position and experiences of members in Philadelphia – the spiritual home of the Welsh exile in America. Additionally, it will explore why this Society appealed to Welsh exiles and their wealthy descendants. Finally, it will consider the role of the Society as a provider of charitable assistance to the needy, who from the late-eighteenth century onwards saw America, especially Philadelphia, as an alternative to a life of hardship in Wales.


6pm – 6:30pm – Refreshments

6:30pm – 8:30pm – Plenary lecture by Dr. Richard C. Allen & Questions

II. Inaugural Global Britain Lecture at Humboldt University Berlin: Time Announced

The Inaugural Global Britain Lecture, featuring Professor Hew Strachan of Oxford University, will take place at the Humboldt University in Berlin on 10 May from 6:15 to 7:45 pm.  More information on how to book a spot at the lecture will be made available in our March Newsletter, on our Lecture Series webpage at and via our Twitter feed @britishscholar.

The idea behind the Global Britain Lecture is to better understand Britain’s interactions with the wider world by conducting lectures outside of the Anglophone world.  We hope to make this an annual tradition and we are pleased to announce our partnership with the Centre for British Studies at Humboldt for this exciting event.

III.  2012 Conference Programme (Draft) Now Available

The British Scholar Society’s Britain and the World Conference 2012 Programme (Draft) is now available on our website at  The 2012 Conference will include 48 panels, 7 individual lectures, and a Round-Table in addition to our networking events on Thursday (Conference Icebreaker), Friday (Dinner Party at the National Gallery of Scotland), and Saturday (historical pub crawl) evenings.  Conference participants hail from 21 countries and four continents, making Britain and the World 2012 the most global British history conference ever.

IV.  Conference Registration is Now Open

Registration for The British Scholar Society’s 2012 Britain and the World Conference is officially open.  You may register today by visiting the 2012 Conference webpage at  Once there, please choose the correct registration category and click through to Paypal for payment processing.  Registration rates are as follows:

Student Member:  $70

Faculty Member:  $85

Student Non-Member:  $170

Faculty Non-Member:  $185

If you would like to become a Member of The British Scholar Society for $55 before registering you may do so by visiting and clicking on “Become a Member”.  Membership in the Society entitles you to two issues of our journal Britain and the World, free online access to both current and all archived issues of the journal, the reduced registration rate for the conference, and substantial discounts from our publishing partners.

Please note that registration must be completed online via Paypal or by sending a cheque in U.S. dollars to:

The British Scholar Society
5102 Woodview Avenue
Austin, TX.  78756-1905

We will not have the facilities to accept registration payments at the Conference so this must be done before you arrive.  If you have any questions about conference registration please contact us at editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)  .

V.  Our February Op-Ed Columns:

The British Scholar Society announces the publication of each column when it appears on our Twitter feed and on our homepage at under “News from the Society”.  In case you missed any of these fascinating articles, or simply want to read them again, they are all available by clicking on the individual links below or by visiting our Op-Ed page at  There you can click on an individual columnist and their personal pages, which include the columns, will appear.

1.  Rebecka Black:  Depicting the War in War Horse
2. Dr. Jodi Burkett:  The National Union of Students
3. Professor Mark Doyle:  A Marriage of Inconvenience
4. Allegra Geller:  Women and Empire – Mary Wollstonecraft
5. Leslie Rogne Schumacher:  Beyond Love-Hate: Rethinking the British-Polish Relationship
6. Michael Talbot:  A Crusade against the Crusades
7. Dr. des. Helene von Bismarck:  The Search for a Western Identity

VI.  Book of the Month

VII.  Featured Scholar

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