Portals: The Burning of Providence, Lecture by William Simmons, Brown University

Monday, March 28, 2016

6:30 PM-7:30 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2016-03-28 18:30 - 19:30

The The Burning of Providence

During King Philip’s War between the Wampanoag leader Metacomet (King Philip) and the English Colonists, the town of Providence was destroyed by a Native American coalition on March 29, 1676. Providence was one of two major English settlements burned to the ground - the other was Springfield, Massachusetts. Three hundred and forty years later, on the eve of the actual date, join in a discussion of the burning of Providence and Roger Williams’ conference with the Indians in 1676.  

William Simmons graduated from Brown University in Human Biology in 1960, and earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Harvard University in 1967. From 1967 till 1998 he was a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was Department Chair, Director of the Center for the Teaching and Study of American Cultures, and Dean of the Division of Social Sciences. In 1998 he moved to Brown University as Executive Vice President and Provost, and is currently Chair of Anthropology. He is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Providence Public Library.

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

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