The Nineteenth-Century North American History Speaker Series will have its first lecture for this quarter with Dr. Michael Witgen. His lecture, "A Nation of Settlers: American Colonization of the Old Northwest," comes from a chapter in his current book project that examines the intersection of race, national identity, and state making on America's northern borderland.
Dr. Witgen is the Director of Native American Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Dr. Witgen’s work explores the juxtaposition of Native and European experiences and responses to the process of mutual discovery that created the New World in North America, with a particular focus on the Great Lakes and Great Plains. His publications include An Infinity of Nations: How the Native New World Shaped Early North America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).