Robert Michael Morrissey, “The Illinois and the Edge Effect: Native American Power in the Tallgrass Prairie Borderlands, 1600-1800”
October 28, 2015
Location: HGS 217A
Please join us for a lecture by one of our own:
Robert Michael Morrissey
“The Illinois and the Edge Effect: Native American Power in the Tallgrass Prairie Borderlands, 1600-1800”
Wednesday, October 28 at 4PM
In addition to being an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Bob is a bonafide Yale Westerner. As a Ph.D. student at Yale, he worked with Johnny Faragher, Jay Gitlin, and John Demos on what became his first book, Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in the Colonial Illinois Country, which tells the story of French colonists and Native peoples of the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes in the 17th and 18th centuries. His next project is entitled "The Illinois and the Edge Effect: People and Animals in the Tallgrass Prairie Borderlands." It is a study of the relationship between people and non-human nature in one of North America's most distinctive ecological and social frontiers from 1200 to 1850.