W103 | Indigenous American Cultures: Cross-Pollination with European Thought



Wednesdays

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Online

9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

Six sessions


This course is offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

There is much we can learn from Native American cultures that can help us address some of the world's most pressing problems. When European colonists arrived on these shores, they found Native populations who had already been literally decimated by European diseases. They also encountered sophisticated civilizations that they misunderstood, or chose to ignore, often with disastrous consequences.  In this course, we will examine the cross-pollination of European and American cultures. European Enlightenment thought was heavily influenced by misconceptions of Native American cultures. This has contributed to our current crises of climate change, pandemics, and social unrest.

Michael Forbes Wilcox holds an MA in Economics from Trinity College.  He is the Alford Town Moderator and a former member of the Massachusetts Special Commission Relative to Autism. 

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