In 1620 the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth harbour on a voyage across the Atlantic.
This was not the first transatlantic voyage to North America, and nor was Plymouth Colony the first English colony to be settled in the New World, but the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony have had a lasting impact on the way that America makes sense of its heritage and its past.
This lecture will ask why this transatlantic voyage, as opposed to others, became the cornerstone of America’s origin narrative, it will consider the unique circumstances of colonial New England, and it will take a wider view of the legacies and impacts that colonisation had on indigenous people of North America.
- Speaker: Dr Kathryn Gray, Associate Professor (Reader) in Early American Literature.
This lecture is open to all and doors open at 18:00 for 18:30 start. Please register your place via the above link.
- News release: Public lecture asks why Pilgrim Fathers earned place at pinnacle of American history (13 October 2017)
About the Mayflower Lecture Series
The Mayflower Lecture Series was established by Dr Kathryn Gray to support academic and public engagement events which focus on transatlantic literature and culture, from the early modern period to the present day.
The first lecture was held in June 2015 - entitled ‘Eating Your Heritage: Using Ancestral Native American Foods as a New Paradigm for Indigenous Health and Wellness’, the speaker was Dr Lois Ellen Frank. The second was the keynote lecture of the Transatlantic Studies Association in 2016, given by Mary Nolan, Professor of History at New York University. Both lectures were supported by the US Embassy, London, and the British Association for American Studies.