In an era where conspiracy theories get national attention, disinformation spreads on social media, and some politicians trade on a mythologized version of America’s past, it’s fascinating to look back at a hoax that captured many imaginations at the turn of the 20th century: the Kensington Runestone. The Runestone was “discovered” in 1898 and purportedly told the story of Viking missionaries who traveled to Minnesota in 1362, more than a century before other Europeans reached this continent. In this IAS Thursdays talk from October 2015, David M. Krueger, author of Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America, discusses the ways in which different groups of Minnesotans found meaning in this myth. Many insisted that the stone was authentic long after the story was debunked. Their reasons for persisting in this belief, Krueger argues, reveal cultural fault lines that are still with us today.
The Institute for Advanced Study seeks a Grants Consultant. The Grant Consultant will manage all stages of grants and other funding opportunities for the Institute and will work with IAS affiliates (including conveners of IAS-funded collaboratives and IAS residential fellows) to develop proposals. We seek someone with experience in grant seeking and grant writing who can expand the range of internal and external awards for the IAS, and who is interested in continuing their own professional development.
Since our regular programming has ended for the academic year, we'll be bringing you a weekly series of events from our extensive archives! Every Throwback Thursdays "event" will feature a talk from the past ten years of the IAS, paired with new commentary, trivia, and other interesting details! We hope you'll enjoy the opportunity to revisit some of the fascinating talks and panels we've presented over the past decade, and look forward to sharing our Fall 2019 IAS Thursdays schedule with you when it's ready!
If you have any favorite presentations, please let us know and we'd be happy to feature them!