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Slavery and its Aftermath in the Atlantic World: An International Symposium

October 4, 2012

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Institute for the Humanities is pleased to co-sponsor "Slavery and its Aftermath in the Atlantic World" as part of UIC's Thirtieth Anniversary programming.

The symposium takes place October 4 in Illinois Room A and B, Student Center East.

On October 5, sessions take place in the Cardinal Room, Student Center East.

On October 6, sessions take place in room 605, Student Center East.

This international symposium on the slave trade and its aftermath in the modern world is inspired by the UIC Library's unique collection of works on abolition, the founding of Sierra Leone, the transatlantic slave trade, and modern Caribbean literature. Symposium panels will serve to contextualize the collections by focusing on current scholarship and conversations in the areas of Abolition, Freetown and Empire; Black Atlantic in the Age of Revolution; Caribbean and Black Atlantic Thought; and The Colonial Legacy and Future of Sierra Leone.



Lawrence Hill is the author of Someone Knows My Name, published in Canada and Britain as The Book of Negroes, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in 2008. He is also the author of Any Known Blood (1997 & 1999); Blackberry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada (2001); Some Great Thing (1992).


Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin and was named the 2011 Distinguished Africanist by the African Studies Association. He has written, edited and co-written dozens of books, including Nationalism and African Intellectuals (2001), (editor); The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (2004); A History of Nigeria (2008) (with Mathew Heaton); and Colonialism and Violence in Nigeria (2009). He is the editor of the Rochester Series in African History and the Diaspora, and Culture and Customs of Africa (Greenwood), among other series.

The Symposium is free and open to the public. Complete details will be announced and posted.

The Symposium is sponsored by the following University of Illinois at Chicago units: The Office of the Chancellor; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs, the Institute for the Humanities; the University Library, the Great Cities Institute; the Honors College, the Departments of Political Science, History, African American Studies, English, and the Program in International Relations.

Please note: UIC Library Exhibit October 2012 - May 2013: “Commerce in Human Souls: The Legacy of the Atlantic Slave Trade”


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