Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic

Date/Time: 
March 22, 2018 - 5:30pm

Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic

Lecture by Peter C. Mancall

In Nature and Culture in the Early Modern Atlantic, historian Peter C. Mancall (USC Dornsife) reveals how Europeans and Native Americans thought about a natural world undergoing rapid change in the century following the historic voyages of Christopher Columbus. Through innovative use of oral history and folklore maintained for centuries by Native Americans, as well as original use of spectacular manuscript atlases, paintings that depict on-the-spot European representations of nature, and texts that circulated imperfectly across the ocean, he reveals how the encounter between the old world and the new changed the fate of millions of individuals. Join us for a lecture with reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty.

The Reading Room will close to researchers at 3:30 pm.