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Mar
22

Peple Lecture: Disaster Relief & the Founding Fathers

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

TBA
410 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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When yellow fever struck Philadelphia, the nation’s capital, in 1793, the entire federal government fled the scene, offering no relief to the suffering or to local people who tried to help them. When fires, hurricanes, or other calamities devastated communities in the early republic, presidents who sent donations to local relief funds always emphasized that their contributions should be anonymous. When, if at all, did state or federal authorities offer humanitarian aid to disaster victims? Hardly ever. But the rare occasions when they did offer an interesting perspective on our own culture of disaster in twenty-first-century America. 

Dr. Cynthia Kierner, the 2020 lecturer, is a professor at George Mason University. A specialist in the fields of early America, women and gender, and early southern history, she is the author or editor of eight books and many articles. Kierner is an OAH Distinguished Lecturer and past president of the Southern Association for Women Historians (SAWH), and she has served on several editorial boards. Her research has received support from the American Historical Association, the Virginia Historical Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the American Antiquarian Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This lecture is offered through the Edward C. and Mary S. Peple Lectureship on Libraries and Information Science

Book signing and reception to follow.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Note: Current Osher members should register online using the Osher registration portal.