Thomas Harriot Lecture: Harriot, Hakluyt and Newfound Virginia
The college’s annual Thomas Harriot Lecture was inaugurated in 1990, and this year's speaker will be Professor Daniel Carey from the NUI Galway.
The title of Professor Carey's lecture will be: Harriot, Hakluyt and Newfound Virginia. Background on the lecture can be found below:
Thomas Harriot's Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588) is one of the most remarkable attempts to describe and inspire settlement in the fledgling English colony. Richard Hakluyt, the great editor of travel and promoter of English expansion, supported the project and promoted Harriot's text. He gathered a range of early descriptions of Virginia in his anthology The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (1589; 1598-1600), including Harriot's. This lecture explores what we can learn from these companion accounts in rereading Harriot's narrative.
The lecture is free to attend and attendees do not need to RSVP.