DR. Vicki Rozema
Author & East Tennessee Historian
ROZEMA’S talk will focus on how the growing interest in science and technology in the South contributed to the Cherokee Removal of 1838. Southern leaders wanted to use science and technology to tap the resources of the Cherokee Nation and solve challenges in western expansion, defense and commerce. These plans clashed with the desires of Cherokee leaders to control their nation’s internal affairs. Rozema will also discuss how advances in transportation technology enabled the Cherokee Removal. Rozema is the author of three books and several scholarly articles on Cherokee and Southern Appalachian history. Her honors include the 2014 McClung Award for an article that appeared in the 2013 Journal of East Tennessee History and the Native American Eagle Award for her writings on the Cherokee. She is a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, where she taught American and World History.