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Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Institutionalization of Geological Research in the United States, 1800-1840


Adam Nelson

(AAS-NEH Long-Term Fellow; Associate Professor of History and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

Wednesday, Feburary 18, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.
Rare Book Room, Goddard Library,
Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

PRÉCIS: Drawn from a larger project on the institutionalization of scholarly research in the early national period, this paper uses the field of geology to explore connections between international scientific exchange and national economic development in the 1830s. In particular, it links American geologists. pursuit of training abroad to changes in global demand for coal. Focusing on the ties between American geologist Henry Darwin Rogers and his British mentor Henry de la Beche, it contends that shifts in resource exploration worldwide hastened Americans. pursuit of international scientific exchange and, in turn, the institutionalization of advanced geological research and training in the United States.


There will be an informal reception before the paper, and a dutch-treat dinner in Worcester will follow. If you plan to attend, please notify Ann-Cathrine Rapp (arapp[at] at AAS no later than Friday, February 13.

The Society regrets that it is unable to make refunds after that date.

Reservations are suggested (and deeply appreciated) for attending the seminar. Reservations are required to attend the supper.