Virtual Speaker Series – Joy Porter on Trauma and Indigenous Masquerade after the First World War

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In this Zoom-based talk, Joy Porter (University of Hull) will recount the remarkable story of Canadian poet Frank Prewett during and after the First World War. Prewett’s brooding good looks and claims to Iroquois ancestry attracted both sexes, including British aristocrats Siegfried Sassoon and Lady Ottoline Morrell. Amidst the heady vertigo of pandemic-ridden, post-war England, this remarkable Canadian became the toast of elite British literary society—that is, until it all crashed around his ears.

JOY PORTER is Leverhulme Major Research Fellow and PI of the Treatied Spaces Research Group at the University of Hull, U.K. ( where she researches Indigenous, environmental, and diplomatic themes in an interdisciplinary context. Fascinated by the mind, by what makes us love, persevere, transcend and escape the legacies of conflict, her work exposes how culture impacts the world.

The event begins at 3:30pm ET on October 6th on Zoom. Registration is required. You may register HERE.