Lefler History Lecture focused on environmental historian Frederick Jackson Turner

October 30, 2017

The Carleton College Fall Herbert P. Lefler Lecture will focus on environmental historian Frederick Jackson Turner. John Hopkins University history professor Francois Furstenberg will present “An Early Environmental Historian: Frederick Jackson Turner and the Physiographic Imagination” on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Leighton Hall Room 305. This event is free and open to the public.

Furstenberg is an esteemed professor of history at the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. His specialties are U.S. Nationalism, the Early Republic, and France in North America 1750-1820. Furstenberg is also the author of “In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation” and “When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation.”

Frederick Jackson Turner (1861-1932) was an American historian based at the University of Wisconsin until 1910, and later at Harvard University. He is best known for his essay, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” whose ideas formed “The Frontier Thesis.” Turner argued that the moving western frontier shaped American democracy and the American character from the colonial era until 1890. Turner is also known for his theories of geographical sectionalism. Scholars agree that his Frontier Thesis has had enormous impact on historical scholarship and the American mind.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Departments of History and Biology, with support from the Herbert P. Lefler Lecture Series. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-7160. Leighton Hall is located off College Street on the Carleton campus, and is also accessible via Highway 19 in Northfield.