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To commemorate the anniversary of the 1704 Deerfield Raid Dr. Alice Nash, Associate Professor of History at UMass Amherst, will present “The Ongoing Relevance of the 1704 Raid on Deerfield.” Register to receive your Zoom lecture link.
Each generation finds its own meaning in the 1704 attack on Deerfield. The tercentenary events of 2004 made a conscious effort to expand the conversation to include French and Indigenous perspectives, reflecting the embrace of diversity and multiculturalism. Today, difference often means polarization, and conversations about diversity are fraught. This talk is a reflection on the relevance of 1704 in 2024, and an invitation to continue thinking about how this event and this place remain relevant for descendants, historical institutions, and the public.
Alice Nash is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University (1997) and an M.A. in American and New England Studies from Boston University (1989). Her research interests range from the impact of colonization on family and gender relations in Wabanaki history before 1800 to current issues such as the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She has published numerous articles on northeastern Native American history including three in French translation in the Quebec journal Recherches amérindiennes au Québec (RAQ). In 2003-2004 she was awarded the first Fulbright-Université de Montréal Distinguished Chair. During this year, she served on the RAQ editorial board and taught a course on the Deerfield Raid of 1704, connecting New England and New France. Her most recent publication is an essay on “Indigenous Peoples of the Americas to 1900,” published in The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas (Routledge 2019) which she co-edited with Olaf Kaltmeier, Josef Raab, Michael Stewart Foley, Stefan Rinke and Mario Rufer. She is the recipient of four grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019) to serve as director or co-director of Teaching Native American Histories, a Summer Institute for K-12 teachers drawn from a national pool of applicants. For information on the July 2019 institute, co- directed with Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag), and resources for teachers, see https://teachnativehistories.umass.edu/