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Cunneen Hackett 2021

Cunneen Hackett Lecture in Hudson River Valley History

Mar 21, 2021

The headless horseman chasing Ichabod Crane, both on horseback srrounded by a dark, gloomy landscape

The Unrestful Valley: Literary Painting and Racial
Violence in Antebellum New York
featuring Dr. Peter Betjemann

Thursday, May 13, 2021
7:00 p.m.
(online only event)


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Dr. Peter Betjemann is the Director of the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. He will present research that explores racial violence and the history of enslavement in early nineteenth-century literature and literary paintings set in the Hudson River Valley. Betjemann’s presentation, derived from a book-in-progress on race and narrative painting, will analyze several short stories by Washington Irving and poetry by William Cullen Bryant alongside paintings by John Quidor, Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, and other nineteenth-century artists.

The Charlotte Cunneen-Hackett Lecture Series was established in 2001 to advance appreciation of the rich heritage of the Hudson River Valley and to promote the history of the region.

The Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) is a Center of Excellence at Marist College that studies and promotes the history of the Hudson River Valley. The Institute provides information about the region’s culture, economy, environment, and educational resources through, public programming, and The Hudson River Valley Review. This biannual peer-reviewed journal covers all aspects of regional history. The Hudson River Valley Institute is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment Humanities.


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