Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Princeton Talks presents Professors Sarah Rivett and Frederick Wherry



Sarah Rivett, Professor of English and American Studies

In this recorded talk, Professor Rivett reflects on the notion of the commons that originates with Locke's definition of "property" in 1689 and justifies US sovereignty through erasure of Native people as fellow commoners with a right to land in common. She urges us to rethink this origin story; but where to begin? Her research suggests we begin with the stories told in Indigenous literature of the Pacific west about the Tlingit Raven and the story of the Raven in the book of Genesis. So we begin with a flood, an act of disobedience, and the raven's flight "to and fro."

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Frederick F. Wherry, Townsend Martin, Class of 1917
Professor of Sociology

In this recorded talk, Professor Wherry explains how we maintain the dignity of the indebted, and why it is important. After spending time with indebted people across the globe, it became clear to what lengths they would go to protect their family's dignity and what lead to their financial decisions. These observations and question of what could be learned by understanding each other's challenges better, lead him to establish the Dignity and Debt Network.

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