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History Forum/Walter Presents:

"'Invisible Worlds': Historical Methods and the Challenges of Reading Historic Dream Reports in Colonial New England”

Anne Marie Plane, PhD

Department History

University of California, Santa Barbara

For centuries they sat, hiding in plain sight: strange, enigmatic reports of night-time dreams and visions, written down by diarists or recorded by ministers in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England.  Strange visitations, unearthly warnings, and even a few trips to heaven or hell are contained in published sources, which were mostly skipped over by historians unsure of how to use them.  

Professor Ann Marie Plane has published a new book in which she explores the meaning and uses of dreaming in both the English and Native American cultures of early New England.  In this talk, she shares her historical approach for making meaning from these strange and largely invisible worlds.  

Dr. Plane is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles.  She is author of Dreams and the Invisible World in Colonial New England:  Indians, Colonists, and the Seventeenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)  http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15258.html  and coeditor of Dreams, Dreamers, and Visions:  The Early Modern Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15099.html

Friday, February 27, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Dezember Reading Room, Walter Stiern Library

Presented by CSUB History Forum, Walter Presents, and with generous support from the Associated Students Instructionally Related Activities Committee.

What is History?

As one of the oldest of the liberal arts, the study of history emphasizes the importance of reading widely and deeply in the sources of human civilization and develops in its students the skills of thoughtful analysis of evidence and effective communication.


History is also fun!  Truly understanding the past involves careful investigation and detective work. Reconstructing the past with limited (and often conflicting) evidence is an exciting challenge that often leads to the thrill of discovery.


The Department of History at California State University, Bakersfield offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in History.


The department also offers a program of study leading to a California Teaching Credential in Social Science and a Minor in History.


Please click on the links at left for more information about the History Department at CSUB.




To learn more about why you should study history, click here. You may be surprised at some of the many famous people who studied history in their college days.



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Department of History

California State University, Bakersfield
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