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Jamestown Settlement to Present 'A Diplomatic America' Lecture Series in September

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 14, 2018 – Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, will present “A Diplomatic America” public lecture series on Thursday, September 6, 13 and 27. The free public lectures will begin at 7 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater.

Ever since Europeans set foot in Virginia, diplomacy has been part of our country’s evolution and role on the world stage. This three-part lecture series examines the com­plexities and challenges of diplomatic negotiation.

September 6: “Anglo-Indian Relations in the Seventeenth Century” – Buck Woodard, a cultural anthropologist at American University, is a former director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation American Indian Initiative and Historic Jamestowne “Indigenous Chesapeake” program. He will examine the cultural expectations, presentations and protocol of diplomacy among the Algonquian-speaking peoples of the Chesapeake during the time of English colonization of Virginia.

September 13: “The Treaty of Paris and the Birth of the United States” – Jonathan R. Dull is an author, professor and former senior associate editor of “The Papers of Benjamin Franklin” at Yale University. He will explore the historical interactions between 18th-century Europe and America and how the Diplomatic Revolution of 1756 was crucial to America’s future independence. His book, “The Miracle of American Independence,” will be available for signing and purchase.

September 27: “The Paris Peace Conference of 1919” – Edmund D. Potter is a professor in the United States Air Force graduate program at Piedmont Virginia Community College and former historian and curator of collections at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. His lecture will explore how the 1783 Treaty of Paris reshaped European and American relationships and how, at the end of World War I, the Paris Peace Conference culminated in the Treaty of Versailles and, once again, reshaped Europe.

Admission to the evening public lecture series is free. Advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

Daytime admission to Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily year-round, is $17.00 for adults and $8.00 for ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Parking is free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 near the Colonial Parkway in James City County, just southwest of Williamsburg and adjacent to Historic Jamestowne. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit http://www.historyisfun.org.