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Center for Advanced Study
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum; 600 S. Gregory Street; Urbana IL
Oct 8, 2014   7:30 pm  
John Demos: Department of History, Yale University
Free and Open to the Public
Originating Calendar
Center for Advanced Study

On the Trail of the Heathen School: Local History, American History, World History

Early in the 1800s, a group of eminent Protestant ministers founded a special school in the little town of Cornwall, Connecticut for "heathen youth" drawn from all corners of the earth. Their express goal was to "save" the entire world in the shortest time imaginable by converting these boys, educating and civilizing them, then sending them back to found similar projects in their respective homelands. After a seemingly brilliant beginning, the project ran afoul of racism when two Cherokee students courted (and eventually married) local women. The result was scandal, whidespread controversy, threats of violence, and permanent closure of the school.

Hosted by: Department of History

In conjunction with: American Indian Studies Program, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Global Studies, College of Law, Department of Anthropology, Department of English, Department of Psychology, Department of Religion, Department of Sociology, School of Education, Spurlock Museum

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