Dr. Jessica Harland-Jacobs of the University of Florida Dept. of History is set to speak this coming Friday in Jamaica during what will be the 2nd day of celebrations of the tercentenary of modern day Freemasonry (Founding of the United Grand Lodge of England). Dr. Harland-Jacobs is a world class author and lecturer and we are sure that her talk will provide much insight into the Fraternity and all that it has stood for over theses last centuries.
Dr. Harland-Jacob’s expertise is in the field of British Colonialism, and we are proud to present, in conjunction with WEOFM, one of her lectures on our site entitled A Vast Chain Extending Round the Whole Globe: Freemasonry and Empire. We are sure that her upcoming talk, which she has entitled ‘Two Islands, Three Empires, One Brotherhood’, will be just as informative as all previous talks and publications, and encourage all Masons and History buffs alike to check this out!
The full article at the Jamaicaobserver.com appears next:
“History expert to address Freemasons’ tercentenary celebrations
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
HARLANDJACOBS… scheduled to speak Friday afternoon about the complex symbiosis between Freemasonry and imperialism
University of Florida Associate Professor Jessica Harland-Jacobs is one of the speakers scheduled for this week’s celebration in Jamaica of the 300th anniversary of English Freemasonry.Professor Harland Jacobs will deliver her address on Friday afternoon, the second day of the four-day celebrations which will open tomorrow afternoon with a cocktail reception and book launch.
“My talk is entitled ‘Two Islands, Three Empires, One Brotherhood’,” she told the Jamaica Observer in an e-mail response yesterday. “It examines the complex symbiosis between Freemasonry and imperialism by looking at cases drawn from the history of Jamaica and other parts of the British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries.”
A biography of Professor Harland-Jacobs on the University of Florida website states that she received her Bachelor of Arts in history from Cornell University in 1992 and her Master of Arts and PhD (2000) from Duke University, where she studied British, imperial, and Canadian history and historical geography.
“Her first book, Builders of Empire: Freemasonry and British Imperialism, 1717-1927, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2007. She has published articles in the Journal of Religious History, Journal of British Studies, Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, the Geographical Review, and Atlantic Studies,” the biography states.
It added that he current book project examines the incorporation of Catholic colonies into the British Empire from the early 18th to the early 19th century. It explores British attitudes and policies towards their “new subjects” as well as the experiences of Catholics as they became subjects of a Protestant empire in a period of global war and imperial expansion.
“A related project looks at the many Protestant settlement schemes proposed for ‘peopling’ the British Empire during the 18th century,” the website states.”
“Professor Harland-Jacobs teaches courses on modern Britain and the British Empire, Ireland, imperialism, and the Atlantic world. She has won department, college, and university teaching awards and has served in several administrative positions including as associate chair and undergraduate coordinator and, currently, director of the honours programme in the University of Florida’s Department of History.Harland-Jacobs, an authority on Freemasonry research, has a raft of publications, the most recent being Incorporating the King’s New Subjects: Accommodation and Anti-Catholicism in the British Empire, 1713-1815, published in the Journal of Religious History 39, 2 (June 2015): 203-23; Freemasonry and Colonialism and Freemasonry and Eastern Religions (with Jan Snoek) in the Handbook of Freemasonry edited by Henrik Bogdan and Jan A M Snoek; Global Brotherhood: Freemasonry, Empires, and Globalization, in the Special Issue of Revista de Estudios Históricos de la Masoneria (2013); and Networks for Migrations and Mobility, in Oxford Bibliographies Online (2013).
In 2015, she delivered a lecture on ‘Catholic Institutions and the Problem of Incorporation in the 18th-century British Empire’ at the Alternative States Workshop III. That same year. she spoke on ‘Religion and Governance’ at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2014, Professor Harland-Jacobs spoke at the North American Conference on British Studies in Minneapolis on the topic ‘Appealing to His Britannic Majesty for His Special Protection: The Maltese Campaign to Become British, 1798-1815’.
In 2013, she addressed the Second International Conference on Freemasonry at UCLA on the topic ‘Freemasonry, Empire, and Globalisation’, while in 2011 she delivered a talk on ‘The British Empire and the Natural World’ at the Knowing Nature: Naturalist Illustration from Art to Science series at Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida.
She has also given keynote lectures at a number of Masonic lodges and conferences in England, Canada, and the United States.
Other keynote speakers at the academic sessions, which will be held at the Montego Bay Conference centre on Friday and Saturday, are Brian Price, Afeef Lazarus, John Wade, Veront Satchell, and S Brent Morris. Local Freemasons will be the moderators.
A Jamaica Night celebration will be held on Friday, and on Saturday there will be a Grand Gala and Banquet.
The final major activity in Jamaica will be a church service at St James Parish Church on Sunday morning, May 28.