Photo by Madeline Whitehead
- Date & Time
- January 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League, 911 N. University
- Symposium 1817: Nation Building in the Old Northwest and the Making of the University of Michigan
- Event Type
Colson Whitehead reads from his 2016 National Book Award winning novel, The Underground Railroad, set in the period of the university’s founding. The novel links American slavery to the dispossession of Native peoples and illuminates the concerns that Professors Michael Witgen and Tiya Miles will probe in their component of Symposium 1817, The Political Economy of Plunder, which takes place the next day in the Hatcher Library Gallery.
Book signing to follow reading. Book sales provided by Literati Bookstore.
This LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester event is presented with support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office. Additional support provided by: Department of History, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of American Culture, Department of Comparative Literature, Helen Zell Writers' Program, Institute for the Humanities, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, LSA Honors Program, Native American Studies, Residential College, University Library, and Department of Women's Studies.