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Pair of Humanities Lectures & Discussions to focus on Indigenous History of NEPA

This May a pair of Humanities Lectures and Discussions focusing on the Indigenous history of NEPA will be offered as a part of the "Scranton's Story, Our Nation's Story" project. On Wednesday, May 11 at 5 pm, there will be a humanities lecture and discussion " Murder and Mercy:  A Colonial Encounter in the Susquehanna Valley," featuring  scholar Nicole Eustace who will explore the complex  layers and textures of everyday life as colonists encountered Native peoples in eastern Pennsylvania with a focus on the  competing interpretations of justice and morality on the Pennsylvania frontier. On Wednesday, May 18 at 5 pm, there will be a humanities lecture and discussion, " Removal and the Right to Remain in the United States," featuring  scholar Samantha Seeley who will discuss the themes from her book, R ace, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the Early United States , which highlights early efforts at U.S. nation building and the use of migration to construct a white republic. Situating the struggles of Native and Black Americans into the larger story of the early U.S, Seeley argues for a more inclusive way to tell the story of forced removal and its implications on early U.S. statehood.  

These Humanities Lectures and Discussions are a part “ Scranton’s Story, Our Nation’s Story” project’s third theme, “The Indigenous History of NEPA.” This project is made possible thanks to a generous National Endowment for the Humanities grant to explore Scranton’s history, culture, and role in the nation at large.  Read more. 



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