Saturday, January 25, 2010, 10am-12pm with free lunch to follow.
Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
What does the history of punishment in Connecticut mean for us today? For twenty years, a reproduction stock and pillory have stood on the west side of Connecticut’s Old State House. Without any signage or description, myths and inaccurate information have grown up around them. But they have also spurred meaningful reflection on public punishment and its effects on individuals and communities. What, then, were stocks and pillories actually used for? Who was punished with such items? As historical artifacts, how do they affect passersby; and what unspoken messages do museums convey to people by displaying such devices with no explanation? Join us for a facilitation dialogue on the subjects of state punishment, the display of instruments of public humiliation, and the relationship between our museums and communities.
This lecture is the second talk of the Humanities and Science Series.
Michael Robinson is a professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. He is the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press), winner of the 2008 Book Award for the History of Science in America and The Lost White Tribe: Explorers, Scientists, and the Theory that Changed a Continent (Oxford University Press), winner of the History of Science Society’s Davis Prize and finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Award. He is the host of the history of science and exploration podcast, Time To Eat the Dogs.
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Humanities Institute Seminar Room, Babbidge Library 4th Floor
Our UCHI Fellow will be presenting their research talk on “Contesting Colonialism: Puerto Ricans and the Politics of Welfare in the 20th Century” followed by a light reception. For more information, please visit https://humanities.uconn.edu/fellowships/current-and-previous-fellows/. If you require accommodation for this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week prior to the event.