Yale's Howard Lamar Center Hosts Talk on Images of the American West

Brian W. Dippie, professor of history at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, will deliver the fourth annual Betts Lecture at the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale on November 5.

The lecture, titled “ ‘Its Equal I Have Never Seen’: Custer Explores the Black Hills, 1874,” should appeal to anyone interested in the art of the American West. An expert on artists like George Catlin, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as on graphic portrayals of Custer’s Last Stand, Dippie is a recognized authority on the visual and mythic West. His many books include “The Vanishing American: White Attitudes and U.S. Indian Policy” (1982), “Custer’s Last Stand: The Anatomy of an American Myth” (1976) and “West-Fever” (1998).

This lecture series honors Roland W. Betts II, an alumni fellow of the Yale Corporation, for his support of the Howard R. Lamar Center. The annual Betts Lecture is given by the immediate past president of the Western History Association, an organization founded in 1961 “to promote the study of the American West in all its varied aspects.”

Free and open to the public, the lecture takes place at 5 p.m. in Sudler Hall, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street.

For more information, contact Edith Rotkopf at 203-432-2328.

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