GREENVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2013) — East Carolina University soon will welcome Dr. Daniel K. Richter for the final presentation of the 2012-13 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Richter's lecture will serve as the series' joint Thomas Harriot and Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History, cosponsored by the Department of History. Richter will discuss "The Tuscarora War: Trade, Land, and Power," at 7 p.m. March 21, in Hendrix Theatre located in the Mendenhall Student Center.
Richter is the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History and the Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teachings focuses on Colonial North America and on Native American history prior to 1800.
"Professor Richter is not only the recognized authority in explaining how American Indians viewed the Europeans who intruded upon their homelands from the settlements at Jamestown and Plymouth forward, he is also the most entertaining authority there is anywhere in interpreting what that all meant," said Dr. Larry Tise, Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at ECU.
"Professor Richter has a unique knack and flair for transcending the minutiae and clichés of history and for slamming us with new perspectives on Indian-American history that have eluded pundits, prophets and historians for generations on end," said Tise.
A dedicated professional, Richter received his Ph.D. from Columbia University before accepting positions at Dickinson College and the University of East Anglia. He is the author of a number of books. His first book, "The Ordeal of the Longhouse: The Peoples of the Iroquois League in the Era of European Colonization," won the 1993 Frederick Jason Turner Award, the 1993 Ray Allen Billington Prize and was selected as a 1994 Choice Outstanding Academic Book.
But it was, "Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America," published in 2001 that redefined the field of Indian history in early America. For the first time, Richter described in riveting stories the tragedy of the Native American's experience as they watched their homelands being ripped away from them and their ancient cultures destroyed by European settlers.
In a special addition to Richter's presentation, the Iroquois Indian Band will perform a musical prelude beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre. A traditional Tuscarora thanksgiving address, "Words that Come Before All Else," given by Neil Patterson, Jr. of the Tuscarora Nation, will introduce the Voyages lecture for the evening.
Complimentary tickets for Richter's lecture are available to ECU students, faculty and staff members with a valid ECU ID. Tickets for the general public are $10 and may be obtained by calling the ECU Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-ARTS. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.
Financial underwriting for the Voyages series is made possible by the Harriot College's Dean's Advancement Council, various university organizations, and many friends and supporters. To make a contribution, or for additional information, contact Director of the Voyages series Dr. John A. Tucker at 252-328-1028, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also wish to visit the series' website at www.ecu.edu/voyages.