The History Department is pleased to announce that the annual Gary C. and Eleanor G. Simons Lecture in American History will take place on Thursday, March 29 at 5pm in the Ustler Hall Atrium. This year’s talk, the fourth in the series, will feature Samuel Truett, who is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Truett’s research interests include the US-Mexican Borderlands, Environmental History, and Comparative Frontiers and Transnational History, and he is the author of Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands (Yale, 2006), and Continental Crossroads: Remapping U.S.-Mexico Borderlands History, co-edited with Elliott Young (Duke, 2004).
In the past, the Simons Lecture has featured historians from across the nation and globe, who have come to Gainesville to talk about Early American history. Marla Miller of the University of Massachusetts presented “Betsy Ross: The Legend, The Life,” Cassandra Pybus of the University of Sydney (Australia) lectured on ”Interrogating the Book of Negroes: Explorations of Slavery and Freedom in the Age of the American Revolution,” and Woody Holton from the University of Richmond offered a talk entitled “Abigail Adams” drawn from his Bancroft Prize-winning book.
Dr. Truett’s talk explores how thinkers and explorers in the frontiers and borderlands of the early nation became obsessed with (and haunted by) their discoveries of ruins and antiquities across North America and the Caribbean. From the vestiges of prior empires and civilizations in places as disparate as Jamaica, Florida, Wisconsin, and the Southwest, they created a vision of America as an older land marked by cycles of death and rebirth.
The Department hopes that you will join us on March 29 to welcome Dr. Truett to UF!