Kelley Lecture in Historical Studies: Camilla Townsend

Camilla TownsendRutger’s University Professor of History Camilla Townsend presents this year’s Kelley Lecture in Historical Studies. Townsend has written three books and essays that seek to recover the distant voices of indigenous people. Her presentation concerns an Algonquin-speaking indigenous man captured by Spaniards in 1561. Although the man spent the next decade with the Spanish, converted to Christianity, and won the love and respect of his captors, he eventually led a war party to kill a group of priests attempting to establish a mission in his homeland. His motives for doing so, Townsend argues, are complicated.

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