Reading Across Rhode Island 2012: Indian and English Gods in Early New England

Monday, April 9, 2012

7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2012-04-09 19:00 - 20:30

Journey with Caleb's Crossing Program Series

Caleb's Crossing:  Indian and English Gods in Early New England

presented by William Simmons, Professor of Anthropology, Brown University

Dr. Simmons will explore the historical and mythic context that underpinned Caleb's religious crossing, drawing on the religious beliefs of the Wampanoag communities of Martha's Vineyard and the theological perspectives of Puritan clergy including Roger Williams, Thomas Mayhew, and John Eliot.

William Simmons studies social/cultural anthropology, religion, myth, and ritual – focusing on West Africa and Native America. He is also interested in American cultural pluralism and the transformations of contemporary American research universities.