Thursday, April 12, 2018
Genetic variation in white-tailed deer from Nantucket, MA: Was the population founded by three individuals?
White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus, the common deer of eastern North America, currently number approximately 2-3000 on Nantucket Island. Although white-tailed deer remains are known from Wampanoag archeological sites on the island, few or no deer were noted by the beginning of the 20th century. In 1922 a single male deer was found swimming in Nantucket sound and brought ashore by island residents. After a few years people on the island imported 2 female deer from Michigan as companions for the buck that was brought ashore. This scenario implies that the thousands of deer on Nantucket are descended from these three original animals. This known history of a population is a unique situation where studies on wild vertebrate genetic bottlenecks and founder effect can be conducted. My research students and I have been looking at patterns of genetic variation in deer from Nantucket, as well as deer from surrounding mainland areas, including Michigan. Although preliminary results do support the hypothesis the many of the deer on Nantucket are descendants of deer from Michigan, there is evidence that some of the deer on the island are from ancestors on the New England mainland.
Monday, October 23, 2017
“A Vassal to His Majesty”: Loyalty, Betrayal, and Slaves’ Pursuit of Freedom in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Jamaica
In keeping with their desire to honor enslaved people’s agency, scholars have often focused on those who rebelled. In this lecture, Dr. Bollettino will instead shed light on the choices of those often marginalized as “collaborators.” She will analyze and explore the significance of the petitions of two enslaved men who won their freedom through alliance with the colonial order in Jamaica, considering the ambiguous consequences of their service to the British empire, both for their individual lives and for the institution of slavery in the British Atlantic. This lecture will provide insight into how historians work. Dr. Bollettino will share how she found these unique petitions in Britain’s National Archives and the progress she has made in reconstructing the petitioners’ lives.
Lyceum Lecture Proposals
In an effort to highlight sabbatical activities, faculty research, and teaching interests, CELTSS is proud to sponsor the Lyceum Lecture series. The FSU Lyceum continues a distinguished tradition:
- In 1862 Josiah Holbrook, an educational reformer, established the first American Lyceum in Millbury, MA, named after the Lyceum of Aristotle in ancient Greece. Holbrook invited local people to organize a society to prepare papers on “useful” subjects such as science, history and literature, and lecture to friends and neighbors on a weekly basis during the winter months.
- The basic goals of the Lyceum remain intact: to impart scientific and humanistic knowledge deemed vital to the moral and intellectual improvement of the individual and the community.
In AY 2016-2017, CELTSS held two evening lectures, one held in Fall semester and the second in Spring semester.
In AY 2017-2018, two separate speakers will be chosen for these events. Each speaker will be presented with a stipend of $500 and a commemorative bowl.
Lyceum speakers provide dynamic, engaging presentations of their work and research interests at a level suitable for a general audience that may include Board of Trustee and Foundation Board members. Lyceum events inform our trustees about the value of sabbaticals and funding for research and teaching innovation.
We invite applications from faculty members who have completed sabbatical activities, received CELTSS funding, and/or participated in ongoing CELTSS workshops that have promoted their professional development. Preference will be given to speakers with recent sabbaticals and/or major scholarly developments.
If you are interested in applying for consideration, please submit your Lyceum Application no later than Friday, May 19, 2017. Items included in Lyceum application:
1. A brief autobiographical sketch and c.v.
2. A 500 word abstract of your work and proposed lecture, which includes:
a. Description of your project
b. Description of how the sabbatical experience enabled you to complete this work, if applicable
c. Description of the benefit of this experience to your academic career and/or institution
The committee will notify all applicants after the selection process is completed.
Lyceum Lecture Series
Tell Me What You Eat and I’ll Tell You What You Are
What Can I Tell a Five Year Old
How Much Good am I Doing? Bittersweet Charity and America’s Poor
Round the World Ticket: A Photographers’ Journey
Beyond the Ordinary: Science Through the Lens of Story
“I am the Other’s Other”, Cross Cultural Literacy in India and China
The Quakes of Christchurch, Natural and Social
Can’t You Put on a Little Lipstick
Minorities in China
Raising Spirits: Victorian Ghost Stories
Food Agriculture and Water Rights: Report from the West Bank, Palestine
Families As They Really Are
A Poetry Reading from Johnny & Maggie
How Radio Made Brian Friel a Playwright
In Search of Vincent Van Gogh: An Art Historian’s Pilgrimage to the Netherlands and France