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The Common Pot: Native Writing and Native Spaces in the Connecticut River Valley

The Common Pot: Native Writing and Native Spaces in the Connecticut River Valley

Instructor: Lisa Brooks
Course time(s): 48020 SEE 275-1X: Th, 2/21, 2:00-4:00 pm
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Senior Symposia classes are designed for ages 50 and older, though persons of all ages are welcome to attend. All symposia take place at the John Zon Community Center located at 35 Pleasant Street in Greenfield.

In The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast, Lisa Brooks demonstrates the ways in which Native leaders ---including William Apess---adopted writing as a tool to reclaim rights and land in the Native networks  in what is now the northeastern United States.  Much of her book focuses on writers and communities with significant ties in the Connecticut River Valley.  Prof. Brooks will highlight the voices of these Native authors through their own writings, while displaying maps that recover the Native homelands, waterways, and social networks through which those authors traveled and from which their writings emerged. 


Lisa Brooks,  Ph.D. is professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College,  working at the crossroads of early American literature and history, geography and Indigenous Studies.  She came to Amherst in 2012 from Harvard University, where she was the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities.