Speaker: J. Kevin Graffagnino
“Murder Most Foul: Homicide in Early America”
Dr. Kevin Graffagnino, Director of the world-renowned William L. Clements Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), will deliver a power point presentation on Murder in America from 1670 to 1900. Based on the University's recent, hugely-popular primary-sources exhibit, which included murder books, pamphlets, serials, prints, photographs and ephemera, his talk will evoke cut throats, assassins, poisoners, stranglers, hatchet men, (and women), decapitators, cannibals, parricides, matricides, fratricides, pistoleros etc., and then go on to illustrate the ways our ancestors dealt with murder as vehicle for: moral instruction, a basis for social attitudes and legal policy and the source of guilty-pleasure titillation.
Kevin will also speak about the Clements, with its reputation as having the most prominent Americana collection in the world. August/September 2013 found the entire contents of the 1923 Library relocated temporarily to make way for a 2 year, 8.6 million dollar renovation.
Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (in the main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30