Please join us in Kenyon College’s Greenslade Special Collections and Archives to hear historian James Buss discuss the role that language played in the colonization of the lower great lakes and the American West.
Nineteenth-century Anglo-Americans used language, rhetoric, and narrative to claim cultural ownership of western lands despite living among thousands of Native peoples they had yet to dispossess. In claiming control, Anglo-Americans produced an assortment of ethnographic studies and drawings that made real on paper their imagined sense of the West.
Author of "Winning the West with Words" and co-editor of "Beyond Two Worlds: Critical Conversations on Language and Power in Native North America," Buss argues that the American narrative as we know it has always involved a “war of words, one that is far from over,” and one that will be on view as Buss delivers his talk. Currently the dean of the honors college at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland,
Professor Buss has appeared on NPR and C-SPAN Book TV and has recently served as secretary for the American Society for Ethnohistory.
Thursday, March 22 at 11:10am to 12:00pm
Olin and Chalmers Libraries, Greenslade Special Collections & Archives
103 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022