Join us Saturday, May 28th, for the final lecture in CFHA’s Quakerism in the Atlantic World series. The series has provided a wonderful opportunity to gather over the past five months to hear speakers present on their research and engage in the broader Quaker scholarly community. CFHA is pleased to welcome Dr. Robynne Rogers Healey and Erica Canela who will present on their chapter, “‘Our Dear Friend Has Departed This Life”: Memorial Testimony Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century.”

The virtual series runs every second Saturday. All lectures will take place at 0900 Pacific / 1200 Eastern / 1700 UK on Zoom. Following the chapters of the volume, each short lecture will run for thirty minutes and include a discussion period at the end. All are welcome to attend the lectures and are we encourage you to share the registration link with friends and colleagues who will find the series of interest. Please register here:

Robynne Rogers Healey is a professor of history and the co-director of the Gender Studies Institute at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. She is associate editor (history) of the Brill series Research Perspectives in Quaker Studies, convenes the Conference of Quaker Historians and Archivists, and serves as publications chair for the Canadian Friends Historical Association. Her publications include From Quaker to Upper Canadian: Faith and Community Among Yonge Street Friends, 1801–1850 (2006); Quaker Studies: An Overview, The Current State of the Field (2018, with C. Wess Daniels and Jon Kershner); Quakerism in the Atlantic World, 1690–1830 (2021), and many articles and chapters in the field of Quaker history, especially related to eighteenth-century topics and the evolution of the peace testimony. She is currently working on two projects: a small monograph on Quaker quietism and a collaborative project on nineteenth-century Quaker women.

Erica Canela is a final-year part-time PhD candidate in religion and theology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her thesis is titled “Quakers and Religious Identity in Herefordshire and Worcestershire: From Civil Wars to the Eve of Toleration, c. 1640–1688.” She is the recipient of several awards for her work in Quaker history, including the David Adshead Award and the Gerald Hodgett Award. Her article “The Commendable Life and Noble Death of Humphrey Smith” was recently published in Quaker Studies, and she is writing two volumes for the Brill Research Perspectives in Quaker Studies series on early Quakerism.

CFHA is dedicating this lecture series to Gordon Thompson in recognition of his enthusiasm for sharing Quaker history as a way to keep us connected during the pandemic. We rejoice in Gord’s tremendous contributions to CFHA. Always mentioning the great accomplishments and potential for CFHA, our Association is so much stronger because of Gord’s leadership and many contributions.


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