Mason Libraries Present Panel Discussion on Jamestown

Posted: February 26, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason University Libraries will present a panel discussion to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va., on Tuesday, March 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Harris Theater on the Fairfax Campus.

“The Legacy of Jamestowne” will feature the following panelists:

  • Randolph Scully, assistant professor, Department of History and Art History

  • James Snead, assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

  • Landon Yarrington, senior majoring in anthropology

  • Rosemarie Zagarri, professor, Department of History and Art History

Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture, will serve as moderator.

A reception and Special Collections and Archives exhibit of select items and maps from the Hershel F. Helm Collection and C. Harrison Mann Jr. Collection will follow.

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Scully received his doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. His research and teaching interests include colonial and revolutionary America, cultural contact and exchange in the colonial world, the development of race and slavery, Southern and Virginia history, and the history of religion in early America. Scully is currently working on a project titled Somewhat Liberated: Race, Gender, and Evangelicalism in Revolutionary Virginia.

Snead participated in archaeological fieldwork in Scotland and Chile before graduating from Beloit College with a BA in anthropology in 1984. He earned his doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995, and was a pre-doctoral Brandt Dixon Fellow at the School of American Research as well as a Kalbfleisch Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Yarrington is majoring in anthropology and has spent the past several summers working at archeological sites in China; Carr’s Hill, Williamsburg; Burnt Corn Pueblo, N.M., as well as historic Jamestown. In 2004, Yarrington led the way to one of the most significant archaeological finds at historic Jamestown: a wine cellar complete with 10 unbroken glass wine bottles believed to have belonged to Francis Nicholson, who was governor of Virginia from 1698 to 1705. After graduation, Yarrington plans to pursue a doctoral degree in anthropology.

Zagarri received her PhD from Yale University in 1984. In the spring of 1993, the Fulbright Commission appointed her Thomas Jefferson Chair in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam. During 1997-98, she received a research fellowship for college teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently working on a project dealing with gender and the first political parties.

Wilkins is the author of several books, including “A Man’s Life: an Autobiography” (Simon and Schuster, 1982, 1991) and “Jefferson’s Pillow: the Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism” (Beacon Press, 2001). Wilkins has also had a distinguished career in journalism as a writer for the New York Times and the Washington Post, where he was also an editor. In 1973 he shared the Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize in Journalism with Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Herbert Block (“Herblock”) for their part in reporting the Watergate scandal.

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