Our Children are not Your Captives: History, Memory, and the Making of Historical “Truth” in Colonial New England

Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative
, Petteruti Lounge

Join the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative (NAISI) for the first Faculty Brown Bag of the semester with Mack Scott, Visiting Assistant Professor of Slavery and Justice. This talk will appraise the conditions that informed the presence of two Narragansett children at Harvard University a decade before John Sassamon, who is widely held as the first Indigenous person to attend the University. The talk will also consider how colonial leaders reinterpreted the relationships and agreements they crafted with Indigenous peoples to bolster their expansionist agendas. 

Mack Scott is a historian, educator, and member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. His work focuses on the intersections of race and identity and employs agency as a lens through which to view and understand the voices, stories, and perspectives of traditionally marginalized peoples. He has published works illuminating the experiences of African American, Native American, and Latinx peoples. He is currently working on a project that traces the Narragansett nation from the pre-colonial to the modern era.

Lunch will be served!