"The Unexpected Outcomes of Peace"

Monday, September 23, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Jennifer Graber, Professor of Religious Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Native American and Indigenous Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.

In the 1860s and 1870s, American Quakers invoked their commitment to peace as qualification for their service as intermediaries between Native Americans and the federal government. “The Unexpected Outcomes of Peace” explores how members of the Society of Friends sought to avert war, settle the continent, and bring about Indian inclusion through their work on reservations across the American West. During this period, Quakers developed an understanding of themselves as “the Indian’s friend.” This perception had real effects. While Quaker activity in Indian lands certainly transformed Native lives, the experience also affected the Society. This talk considers how Quakers navigated unforeseen religious encounters and moral dilemmas with an eye toward contemporary conversations about struggles for justice and the role of allies.

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by Quaker Studies; The Haverford Libraries; the John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities; and the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights Program in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program.

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