Friday, February 16, 2018

‘Freemasons in the Transatlantic World’

I learned a new term today! “Atlantic History.” If I understand it correctly, it is the study of how Europe, Africa, and the Americas interacted in the creation of social systems, cultures, etc., beginning about five centuries ago. I’d say Freemasonry can fit inside this subject quite easily.

Does anyone here study this? Is it a legitimate field of study? A politically skewed interpretation of history?

Masonic Light
March 19, 2009

It was just about nine years ago that I learned a term from the academic world—Atlantic History—and immediately asked the Masonic Light group if anyone had any experience with it. Freemasonry seemed like such a natural fit, but I didn’t hear anything more. Fast forward to 2018, and Quatuor Coronati Lodge 2076 is planning a conference around this topic for September at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. From the publicity:

Freemasons in the Transatlantic World
September 14 to 16
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Alexandria, Virginia

The Program:

Day One
Friday, September 14
9-9:30 Registration
9:30-9:45 Welcome and Introduction
9:45-10:45 Paul Monod: The Conflicted Identity of Early 18th Century English Freemasonry

10:45-11 Coffee
11-12:30 First Panel: Freemasonry in the Caribbean
Neil Wynes Morse, Susan Snell, and Andreas Önnefors
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:15: Second Panel: Scottish-American Freemasonry in the Eighteenth Century
Bob Cooper and Mark Wallace
2:15-3:15 Third Panel: Freemasonry in North America
John Laurence Busch and Jeffrey Croteau

3:15-3:30 Coffee
3:30-4:30 Fourth Panel: French Lodges and Connections in the Americas
Eric Saunier and Jeffrey Kaplan
4:30-5:30 Fifth Panel: Transatlantic and Back Again
Marsha Keith Schuchard and Hans Schwartz

5:45-7:30 in North Lodge Room
A Universal Lodge: some differences and commonalities between English and American rituals (tyled)
A Talk: Masonic symbolism in Washington, DC (open)
Followed by an evening in Alexandria. Mark Tabbert will conduct guided tours of the GWMNM on Friday evening and throughout the conference.

Day Two
Saturday, September 15

8:30-9:15 North Lodge Room
The Patriot Lodge: Tyled Meeting of the Convocation of Academic Lodges
9:15-9:30 Welcome
9:30-10:30 Jackie Ranston: The Multifaceted Freemasons of Jamaica

10:30-10:45 Coffee
10:45-12:15 Sixth Panel: Freemasonry in North America
Ric Berman, Erich Morgan Huhn, and Shawn Eyer

12:15-1 p.m. Lunch
1-2:30 Seventh Panel: Religion & Freemasonry
Lucio Artini, Roberto Pertocucci, Fenando, Gill Gonzalez and John Acaster
2:30-4 Fourth Panel: Material & Print Culture
Felipe Corte Real de Camargo, Hilary Anderson Stelling

4-4:30 Coffee
4:30-5:30 Larry Adamson, Past Grand Master, California: Bringing Masonry to the University
5 p.m. Conference Dinner, followed by an evening in Alexandria

Day Three
Sunday, September 16

9:15-9:30 Welcome: Arturo de Hoyos, Brent Morris
9:30-10:15 Oscar Alleyne: The role of men of color in the early period of Freemasonry
10:15-11:30 Ric Berman and Susan Mitchell Sommers: The First Grand Lodge: 1717 or 1721? A debate and discussion followed by Q&A
11:30 Conclusions
2 p.m. Guided Tour of Washington
Depart GWMNM

Please note that events, panels and speakers may be subject to change. Please see the detailed conference program here.

How to Book

Booking could not be easier: go to the QC website and click on the link to the in-house QC ticketing page under 2018 Conference. You can book using a credit card or PayPal here.

How much does it cost?
Conference Registration Fee
Whole Conference (3 days) $119 for QCCC members; $149 for non-members
Saturday only: $85 for QCCC members; $115 for non-members
Saturday/Sunday (2 days): $105 for QCCC members; $125 for non-members

Demonstration and Talk, GWMNM Friday Evening: $5 per person. The fee covers incidental costs specific to the event.

Conference Dinner Saturday Evening: $87 per person. Guests and wives are welcome to attend. Please book ASAP so that we can finalize numbers.

Guided Tour of Washington Sunday Afternoon: $25 per person.

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