Deerfield Community Center
Historic Deerfield will present a free summer lecture series, entitled "Going Global," on Thursday evenings in July. The lectures will be held at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Mass., on July 11, 18, and 25, beginning at 7 p.m.
The advent of trade in the 1500s between Asia, Western Europe, and the Americas would connect individuals across thousands of miles in a shared universe of consumer choice and consumption previously unimaginable. Traders, makers, and artists helped fuel a seemingly inexhaustible Western enthusiasm for India cottons, Chinese silk, porcelain, and especially tea. These Asian exports came to define elite taste while bolstering social and economic aspirations of the emerging middle classes of Europe and the Americas. This lecture series explores the global encounters that launched a world economy, fueled a consumer revolution, and spurred dreams of cosmopolitanism among Westerners captivated by an imagined Asian aesthetic.
Thursday, July 11
Made in China: The Rise and Fall of the Old Canton Trade
Stephen R. Platt, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts
Thursday, July 18
Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia
Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Thursday, July 25
Marketplace of Revolution: American Consumers in a World of Goods
Timothy H. Breen, William Smith Mason Professor of American History Emeritus