A Symposium Commemorating the Bicentennial of America’s Waterway
Crossing New York State from the Hudson River at Albany to Buffalo, the Erie Canal revolutionized transportation and the state’s economy almost immediately. The Canal also aided the spread of ideas such as abolitionism, utopianism, religion, and women’s rights. At the same time, however, the Canal contributed to the dislocation of indigenous populations, the spread of disease, and decline of communities beyond the Canal’s reach.
On November 4, 2017, Utica College’s Center for Historical Research will host its sixth annual @Symposium to investigate the building of this marvel of engineering and symbol of progress and civilization. Six presenters will discuss the history of the Erie Canal from diverse perspectives—cultural, economic, technological, environmental, and social—and will create a sustained dialogue to facilitate a greater understanding of the importance of the Canal and the world through which it flowed.
Craig Williams, New York State Museum
Pamela Vittorio, Parsons School of Design, The New School
Ann Norton Greene, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Brewer, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
John Busch, Independent Historian
Bill Fahy and a musical performance by Craobh Dugan
Location: ECJS Building on the Utica College campus
Please register by October 25, 2017
Registration, which includes meals and a reception, is required to help with meal planning.
Free for students, $25 for all others.
Director, Center for Historical Research