An Ohio State University Series, 2019-2020
In late August 1619 “twenty and odd” Angolans were brought from the West Indies to the Chesapeake Bay on the ship White Lion. Some of these individuals were sold into slavery at Jamestown. This year, 2019, marks the quadricentennial of this arrival of Africans in British North America and the start of a trans-Atlantic slave trade that would continue (legally and illegally) until the Civil War.
The Ohio State University will reflect on this tragic event with a year-long program about slavery and its legacy in American life. The series will feature invited lectures by eminent scholars of Africa, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and American slavery. We will also offer film screenings, seminars, and Slavery Roundtables. The departments urge students to participate in these events and to take courses dedicated to the history of slavery.
Department of History
Department of African and African American Studies
Center for Historical Research
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Ohio Early American Seminar
Chair: Stephanie Shaw
Members: John Brooke, Joan Cashin, Alice Conklin, Simone Drake, Joan Flores-Villalobos, James Genova, Eric Herschthal, Hasan Jeffries, Ousman Kobo, Ahmad Sikainga, Adam Thomas
Friday, September 27, 2019
Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor
Friday, October 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Lecture: “Blackout: Shining a Light on Two Centuries of Forced Illiteracy in the Slave South”
Professor Emeritus, Duke University
Author of Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion (1975).
Friday, January 31, 2020
Jennifer L. Morgan
Professor and Chair of Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
Author of Laboring Women: Gender and Reproduction in the Making of New World Slavery (2014); and Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in America (2016).
Friday, February 7, 2020
Jonathan M. Square
Assistant Professor for the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University.
He is a scholar of fashion and visual culture in the African Diaspora.
He is currently working on a new book entitled, “Sartorial Resistance and the Politics of Redress in the Black Atlantic.”
Friday, February 21, 2020
Professor in The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
Author of Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico (2009) and Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolution, Christianity, and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570-1640 (2003).
Friday, February 28, 2020
Winthrop Professor of History, Harvard University and Professor of African and African-American Studies
Author of Soul by Soul: Life inside the Antebellum Slave Market (1999) and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (2013).
Friday, April 10, 2020
Lecture: “Other Middle Passages: Recaptured African Shipmates in Transit to Liberia”
Professor of History and Chair of American Studies at Occidental College
Author of Working Cures: Healing Health and Power on Southern Slave Plantations (2003) and Recaptured Africans: Surviving Slave Ships, Detention, and Dislocation in the Final Years of the Slave Trade (2017)