NYPL Doc Chat: Exploitative Depictions of the Americas

Julie Golia's picture
February 11, 2021
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Teaching and Learning

Doc Chat is a program series that digs deep into the stories behind The New York Public Library’s most interesting collections and highlights ways that teachers can incorporate them into the classroom.

On Thursday, February 11 at 3:30pm, NYPL's Ian Fowler and Camilla Townsend, Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, will analyze John Ogilby's 1671 atlas of the Americas that depicted Indigenous peoples and lands along with fantastic elements like fictional beasts. They will consider how works like these aimed to sell British consumers, investors, and future colonizers on a racist and Eurocentric vision of “the New World.”

Educators, scholars, students, and all primary source lovers are welcome to join this lively conversation. Each 30-minute episode takes place online.

Register here: www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/02/11/doc-chat-episode-15-exploitative...

Explore all upcoming Doc Chat episodes: www.nypl.org/docchat

Contact Info: 

Julie Golia, Curator of History, Social Sciences, and Government Information

The New York Public Library 

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