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Rochester's Rich History: The Making of an American Scholar: Lewis Henry Morgan and his Collaborators

Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was not only a distinguished Rochester attorney and businessman, but also an internationally known scholar who effectively established the fields of anthropology and archeology in the United States.  Morgan did not do this single-handedly; all of his major scholarly contributions relied upon or led to collaborative relationships with a wide range of people.  This presentation looks at three different research collaborations in which Morgan engaged: with Ely S. Parker and Caroline G. Parker, members of a prominent Tonawanda Seneca family; with members of The Club, a literary fraternity that Morgan co-founded; and, posthumously, with members of the socialist labor movement who found inspiration in Morgan’s work.  The presentation complements the current exhibit Remembering Lewis Henry Morgan at the Rochester Public Library, the design and research for which was provided in part by the three presenters.

Robert J. Foster is Professor of Anthropology and Visual and Cultural Studies, and Richard L. Turner Professor of Humanities at the University of Rochester.  He is the director of Lewis Henry Morgan at 200, a Humanities Project sponsored by the University of Rochester.  His books include: Social Reproduction and History in Melanesia (Cambridge, 1995); Materializing the Nation: Commodities, Consumption and Media in Papua New Guinea (Indiana, 2002); and Coca-Globalization: Following Soft Drinks from New York to New Guinea (Palgrave, 2008).  His most recent book is The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones: Pacific Islands Perspectives (2018, Australian National University Press, co-edited with Heather Horst).

Anna Remus is an undergraduate student in the Class of 2021 at the University of Rochester. She is majoring in anthropology and pursuing interests in archeology and Spanish.

Samuel Schacht is an undergraduate student in the Class of 2019 at the University of Rochester. He is majoring in history with minors in anthropology, German, and sustainability.

Saturday, January 19, 2019
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Central - Rundel Auditorium
Central Library
  Department - Local History & Genealogy  

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