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Lukas Rieppel: "Assembling the Dinosaur"

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus

Dinosaur fossils were first found in England, but a series of spectacular discoveries in the American West turned the United States into a world center for vertebrate paleontology during the late nineteenth century. Around the same time, the U.S. also emerged as an economic powerhouse of global proportions, and large, fierce, and spectacular creatures like Tyrannosaurus, Brontosaurus, and Triceratops became powerful emblems of American capitalism. In this presentation, Lukas Rieppel reveals how these giant extinct reptiles became entwined with commercial culture, philanthropy, and the popular imagination during America’s Long Gilded Age.

Lukas Rieppel is the David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. He works at the intersection of the history of science and the history of capitalism, focusing especially on the life sciences in 19th and 20th century America. He is especially interested in evolution and development, as well as geology and paleontology, in addition to the history of museums, the organism, and the corporation.


Helen Rozwadowski,

History Department (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English Department, Humanities Institute, UConn Master Calendar

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