*POSTPONED* WaterFire Symposium: Lukas Rieppel, “Dinosaurs and Capitalism!”

march, 2020

16mar6:30 pm8:30 pm*POSTPONED* WaterFire Symposium: Lukas Rieppel, "Dinosaurs and Capitalism!"Presented by Symposium Books & WaterFire Providence6:30 pm - 8:30 pm WaterFire Arts Center

Event Details

***This event is currently postponed, we’re working to reschedule.***


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.”

– Nature

The WaterFire Symposium is a series of public dialogues co-curated by Symposium Books and WaterFire Providence presented for free and are open to all. This series of lectures, conversations, and readings will cover the most pressing topics facing our society today, from environmentalism and urbanism to science and visual arts.

“WaterFire Symposium…cover vital and timely issues from the arts to the sciences, from history to the climate crisis. WaterFire’s mission is to inspire our community. Bringing us all together in cordial discussion about the issues impacting our community helps us better understand the issues of the day. In an era where complex issues become reduced to silly slogans, a forum for learning understanding and dialog is critical to the democratic process.”

Barnaby Evans, Executive Artistic Director



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