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Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island's Founding Father

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Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island's Founding Father

Time: November 17, 2014 from 5:15pm to 7:30pm
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society
Street: 1154 Boylston Street
City/Town: Boston
Website or Map: https://dnbweb1.blackbaud.com…
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Gavin Kleespies
Latest Activity: Oct 23, 2014

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In the margins of a curious seventeenth century book at the John Carter Brown Library is a mysterious handwritten code, long suspected to be the work of Roger Williams, the seventeenth century theologian and founder of Rhode Island. In the spring of 2012, an interdisciplinary team of undergraduates, with support from faculty members, was able to crack this code, revealing a brand new essay by Roger Williams. Come peer into the mind of Roger Williams through the presentations by Linford D. Fisher (Brown University) and J. Stanley Lemons (Rhode Island College), who will discuss what this new essay tells us about Williams. Copies of their new book, Decoding Roger Williams (2014), co-authored with Lucas Mason-Brown, will also be available for purchase.

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