Poet James Percival and the Geology of New England

  • June 9, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Pardee-Morris House

    325 Lighthouse Road
    New Haven, Connecticut 06510
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Description

In the early1800s, when the prevailing belief was that the earth was 6,000 years old and had been shaped by Noah’s flood, James Gates Percival showed that the traprock in the Connecticut valley was volcanic and far older. Author Kathleen Housley will present “Poet James Percival and the Geology of New England,” at the Pardee-Morris House on Sunday, June 9, 2024, at 2 p.m. For weather updates check FB/IG or call 203-562-4183.

Based on her book, “Stone Breaker: The Poet James Gates Percival and the Beginning of Geology in New England,” Housley’s lecture will offer an accessible biography of Percival, a true American polymath. Exploring the confluences of literature, art, and geology, she will reveal how one of most famous poets of the 1820's became a renowned geologist with his groundbreaking “Report on the Geology of the State of Connecticut,” published in 1843.The presentation will include historic photographs and paintings of the Connecticut landscape.

About Kathleen Housley

Housley is the author of eleven books. Her poems and essays on the interconnection between science and the humanities have appeared in many national publications.  She has served as a scientific editor in the field of materials science and has led adult education seminars at Trinity College and Wesleyan University.

Date & Time

Sun, Jun 9, 2024 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Venue Details

Pardee-Morris House

325 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, Connecticut 06510 Pardee-Morris House
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