This colloquium will focus on the life, works and contested legacies of
Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881), a Rochester attorney and founding figure of American anthropology. Students will conduct original research using archival materials and museum collections on campus and at local cultural institutions including Rochester Museum & Science Center; Office of the City Historian; Seneca Art and Culture Center @ Ganondagan State Historic Site; and the Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society.
This research will provide content for exhibitions, events, and a website to be planned in connection with the bicentennial of Morgan’s birth. One outcome of the course will be a small pilot exhibit to be held in the RRL Dept. of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation during spring semester 2018. The class will collaboratively conceive, design and prepare this exhibit as the course unfolds.