***This event is currently postponed, we're working to reschedule.*** ABOUT THE BOOK A lively account of how dinosaurs became a symbol of American power
***This event is currently postponed, we’re working to reschedule.***
ABOUT THE BOOK
A lively account of how dinosaurs became a symbol of American power and prosperity and gripped the popular imagination during the Gilded Age, when their fossil remains were collected and displayed in museums financed by North America’s wealthiest business tycoons.
Lukas B. Rieppel is the David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History at Brown University. Rieppel is a historian of the life, earth, and environmental sciences, the history of museums, and the history of capitalism, especially in nineteenth and early twentieth century North America. He recently published a book on the history of dinosaur paleontology in the commercial context of North America’s Long Gilded Age, “Assembling the Dinosaur: Fossil Hunters, Tycoons, and the Making of a Spectacle”, as well as a co-edited volume entitled “Science and Capitalism: Entangled Histories”.
“Rieppel traces the commingling of capitalism and science…Thrilling museum fossil displays burnished the reputations of philanthropists who backed the institutions, such as Andrew Carnegie and J. P. Morgan―even as the tycoons twisted the dinosaurs’ demise into a metaphor for the advance of ‘enlightened’ corporate culture.”
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