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"Iroquois Confederacy" at Clarkson University Science Cafe February 15

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“The Iroquois Confederacy: America's First Democracy?” will be discussed by SUNY Potsdam Anthropology Professor Susan Stebbins at the next Clarkson University Science Café at the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room, 2 Park St. in Potsdam, on Wednesday, February 15, at 7:15 p.m.

Susan StebbinsPlease note that the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room is the new location for Science Café.

In the western tradition, ancient Greece is famed as the birthplace of democracy. But several sources, not to mention the Iroquois themselves, point to their confederacy and its Great Law as a “home grown” democracy. And Ben Franklin agreed with them.

Join Susan Stebbins as she discusses archaeological and ethnographic information about the Iroquois in northern New York, Ontario and Quebec, their cultural traditions, and the impact of the confederacy on the relations between the Iroquois and the establishment of the United States.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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