John M. Dixon, the 2015-2016 Senior Research Scholar, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish HIstory, New York University and Assistant Professor, Department of History, The College of Staten Island/ CUNY
Dixon will offer a vivid portrait and keen analysis of Cadwallader Colden, a prominent but underappreciated figure of the 18th century New York intellectual world. Colden was a stateman, botanist, historian, cartographer, and natural philosopher who claimed to have discovered the cause of gravity and became one of the most hated political figures in pre-Revolutionary New York. Dixon will attempt to resture royal governemtn to a more balanced and legitimate place in the colonial narrative and open new horizons on the political and cultural life of the late colonial America era.
Free with museum admission
This lecture series, America in the Late Eighteenth Century, is supported through a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities and a grant from the Lamplighter Foundation.