Faculty Research Forum presents Glynis Ridley
Nov 19, 2010
from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM
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Faculty Research Forum presents Glynis Ridley, "The Discovery of Jeanne Baret"
The first woman to circumnavigate the globe did so disguised as a man. In 1766, Frenchwoman Jeanne Baret dressed as a teenage boy to join the projected three-year expedition of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville.. For two years, she acted the part of principal assistant to the expedition’s naturalist – her lover, Philibert Commerson. According to Bougainville’s commander’s log, her disguise was first detected by Tahitian natives in April 1768. This account has remained unchallenged for over two hundred years. Ridley’s paper summarizes the findings of her new book – released 28 December 2010 – in which she draws on the writings of eight members of the Bougainville expedition, who contradict their commander’s version of events at every turn. And for the first time, a manuscript by Baret herself is brought to light.
Faculty Research Forum is a forum for talks by our faculty and the occasional guest on humanities and social science topics of interest to interdisciplinary audiences. These forums are sponsored by the Commonwealth Center with assistance from the College of Arts and Sciences.