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Presidential Research Lecture: “Lines and Voices”

 

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“Lines and Voices: Maps and Narratives in 18th-Century Middle America”

Using 18th century maps and narratives, Dr. Gordon Sayre will take the audience on a historical adventure through the Mississippi/Missouri basin, focusing on the often forgotten role of French explorers in American history. He will discuss research in the humanities and literature, including his own work examining a magnificent hide painting that depicts a battle between Spanish and French colonists on the Great Plains in 1720.

Dr. Sayre is a professor of English who has taught at the UO since 1993, Gordon Sayre is a specialist in Colonial American literature from the 16th through early19th centuries in French and English. His research also focuses on autobiographical accounts and Native American studies, as well as the intersection of environmental studies and literature – a field for which the University of Oregon has international renown. Sayre is the author, editor, or translator of five books, including his most recent translation, The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic, 1715-1747 (U of North Carolina Press, 2012). He is currently beginning work on a project about climate and extinction in early America.

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