- Date & Time
- January 13, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
- Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
- Location Information
- Symposium 1817: Nation Building in the Old Northwest and the Making of the University of Michigan
- Event Type
“The Political Economy of Plunder," part of Symposium 1817: Nation Building in the Old Northwest and the Making of the University of Michigan, features Michael Witgen and Tiya Miles, who discuss the development of the Michigan territory in the years that U-M initially took shape, 1817-1837. Professor Witgen emphasizes the dispossession of Anishinaabe peoples in a series of treaties that set the stage for U-M’s beginning. Professor Miles considers the history of the slave-holding elite in Detroit as well as the activities of the underground railroad there in the antebellum years.
On January 12, 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 further illuminates the concerns that Professors Witgen and Miles have probed.
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 the Department of History and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.