Spring 2014 History Lecture
The Helen G. Stafford Lecture
Laughing Buffalo: A Tall Tale of Race and Family on the Half-Breed Rez
Presented by Scott A. Sandage, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Jepson Hall, Room 120
Scott Sandage is a cultural historian who specializes in the 19th-century United States and in the changing aspects of American identity. He is the author of Born Losers: A History of Failure in America (Harvard University Press, 2005). His current project, Half-Breed Creek: A Tall Tale of Race on the Frontier, 1804–1941, centers on a Nebraska reservation established for “half-breeds” (families with Native American and white or African-American ancestry), to explore how the law, the federal government, field anthropology, folklore, popular culture, and science have fostered conflicting narratives that have shaped racial identity in the United States.
This lecture is made possible by endowment income from the Helen G. Stafford Fund. The lecture honors the memory of Helen G. Stafford a prominent historian of England who served as chair of the Westhampton College History Department from 1948 to 1958. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of History and is free and open to the public.