Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series
at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
Funded by the Horatio Hall Whitridge and Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Endowment
A Colonial Williamsburg Admissions
Ticket, Museum Pass, or Good Neighbor Card provides access for the public for most lectures. See individual lecture descriptions for any additional ticket or reservation requirements.
March 24, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., Hennage Auditorium
Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose
Dr. Lee Dugatkin
In the years after the Revolutionary War, America was viewed by many Europeans as a degenerate backwater, populated by subspecies weak and feeble. Chief among these naysayers was the French Count and world-renowned naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon, who wrote that the flora and fauna of America (humans included) were inferior to European specimens. Thomas Jefferson spent years countering the French conception of American degeneracy. The American moose, which Jefferson claimed was so enormous a European reindeer could walk under it, became the cornerstone of his defense. Lee Dugatkin's lecture vividly recreates what happens next, and brings to life the debates about natural history in America.
$5 program ticket required in addition to museum admission. Free reservations available for current CW employees, volunteers, and W&M students and faculty.
Programs and exhibitions at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.