The Pig of Knowledge: The Career of a Concept – Dan Richter

"Pig of Knowledge"

The Pig of Knowledge and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies (MCEAS) grew up together. The porcine horizon—as archaeologists might call the Pig’s first appearance in the Center’s material culture—occurred in 1998, the same year in which the former Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies assumed its current name. The porker’s premier was abrupt, and two-fold: The Pig of Knowledge graced both the 1997–1998 fellows’ class memorial tee-shirt and the back cover of the inaugural issue of Explorations in Early American Culture, the predecessor to Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.