September 25, 2018
October 15, 2018
The Legacy of Slavery: Five Movements by Kwame Nimako
October 15 | 6:00 p.m. | Education Alumni Center| FREE
Using his concepts of ‘parallel lives’ and ‘intertwined belongings’ as a backdrop, Dr. Kwame Nimako will demonstrate in this lecture that the legacy of Atlantic slavery has given rise to five distinctively racialized movements on the subject of slavery. The five movements in question are remembrance and commemorations, reparations, anniversaries, museums, and the movement to combat so-called ‘modern’ slavery. At the forefront of the demands for remembrance/commemoration, anniversary and reparation are Black agency and activism; the museums and ‘modern’ slavery initiatives are predominantly white Euro-American.
October 17, 2018
“Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery
October 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Addlestone Library Room 227 | FREE
“Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery offers researchers a tool for telling family stories of separation and survival during slavery, emancipation, and the Civil War. It offers easy access to digitized “Information Wanted” advertisements placed in newspapers by former slaves and United States Colored Troops searching for family members lost by sale, flight, or enlistment. The ads mention family members, often by name, but also by physical description, circumstances of separation, last seen locations, and at times by the name of a former slave master. The earliest ads appeared in papers in 1863, and they continued for more than thirty years. “Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery allows users to search these ads by proper names, locations, circumstances of separation, military regiments, and events.
Dr. Giesberg will demo and discuss the Last Seen project in a conversation moderated by Patricia Williams Lessane, Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
October 23, 2018