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Russell Shorto
9 March 
7:00 PM in CCIT 397
 
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Where does “America” come from? We all tend to think immediately of our English roots. After all, the language we speak points us in that direction. And history textbooks say the “original” colonies were English. But that isn’t true. Through the colony of New Netherland, with its capital of New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island, the Dutch brought two vital elements: the concepts of tolerance and free trade. Those ingredients made New York the greatest city in the world, and through it the Dutch colony contributed mightily to the American identity. 
 
Shorto is the author of five books, including the national bestseller The Island at the Center of the World. He is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the New Yorker’s blog. From 2008 to 2013 he was the director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam. He lives in Cumberland, Maryland.
 
This lecture is funded by the Martha T. and Ralph M. Race Western History Lecture Fund. 
 
Michael Blumenthal
19 April 
7:30 PM in FSU’s Lewis J. Ort Library 
 
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Michael Blumenthal, formerly Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, graduated from the Cornell Law School in 1974 and is currently Visiting Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. His first collection of short stories, The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History, was published by Etruscan Press in 2014, and Etruscan also published his eighth book of poems, No Hurry: Poems 2000-2012 in 2013. He is the author of the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers (Harper Collins, 2002), and his novel Weinstock Among The Dying, won Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribelow Prize for the best work of Jewish fiction. His collaboration with the baboon conservationist Rita Miljo, "Because They Needed Me": The Incredible Struggle of Rita Miljo to Save The Orphaned Baboons of South Africa was published in May, 2016.