History of Thanksgiving turkey examined at free lecture
Neil Prendergast, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, will give a free public lecture exploring how raising Thanksgiving turkeys made Americans think about not only farming and hunting, but also gender, race and national identity.
“Raising the Thanksgiving Turkey: History, Nature, Culture” will be presented Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Pinery Room of the Portage Country Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point. A question and answer segment will follow the third talk in the College of Letters and Science 2012-2013 Community Lecture Series.
“Part of the fun in researching a topic such as the Thanksgiving turkey is that so many people can relate to it,” said Prendergast. “I very much look forward to sharing my work and hope the audience finds it not only interesting, but also thought provoking.”
Prendergast is a U.S. environmental history specialist, earning his doctorate in history from the University of Arizona. He teaches several courses, including U.S. History Since 1877, U.S. Environment, and Food and History.  His research focuses on the relationship between Americans and their environment.
The entire College of Letters and Science Community Lecture Series schedule and previously recorded videos may be viewed at www.uwsp.edu/cols/lectureseries.

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