Historian to discuss William Penn and Native Americans at Rowan University

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University of Pennsylvania historian Daniel Richter, an expert in Native American history, will discuss his research as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in Rowan University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 1:45-3 p.m. in the Betty Long Rowan Lecture Hall in Rowan Hall.

University of Pennsylvania historian Daniel Richter, an expert in Native American history, will discuss his research as part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series in Rowan University's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 1:45-3 p.m. in the Betty Long Rowan Lecture Hall in Rowan Hall.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Richter's research focuses on Colonial North America.  His book, Facing East from Indian Country:  A Native History of Early America (Harvard University Press, 2001) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Richter's discussion, "William Penn and Native Americans, Revisited," will focus on William Penn and his policy development with American Indians.

William Penn is deservedly remembered for his Quaker emphasis on peaceful and fair dealings with Native Americans. Richter's talk will set Penn's policies in a broader context and examine how they were also aligned with late-17th-century English imperial thinking.

Richter is the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies and Roy F. and Jeannette J. Nicholas Professor of American History at Penn. Richter earned two master's degrees and his doctorate at Columbia University.

His article, "War and Culture:  The Iroquois Experience," won the 1983 Harold L. Peterson Award for best article on American Military History and best article in William and Mary Quarterly.

Richter recently published Before the Revolution: America's Ancient Pasts (Harvard University Press, 2011).

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series is designed to encourage discourse in a variety of disciplines. Accomplished external speakers come to Rowan to discuss the foremost areas of research and development in their fields.

 For information on Richter's talk, contact Janet Lindman, lindman@rowan.edu or 856-256-4500, ext. 3995.

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