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Hidden Humanities Lecture
March 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Dr. Leslie M. Harris will deliver her talk, “Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies,” for the spring 2019 Hidden Humanties lecture series. Harris, a professor of history at Northwestern University, is the author or co-editor of three award-winning books: In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 (University of Chicago, 2003); co-editor with Ira Berlin of Slavery in New York (The New Press, 2005), which accompanied the groundbreaking New-York Historical Society exhibition of the same name; and Slavery and Freedom in Savannah (University of Georgia Press, 2014), co-edited with Daina Ramey Berry, in collaboration with Telfair Museums' Owens-Thomas House. From 2004 to 2011, she co-founded and co-directed the Transforming Community Project (TCP) at Emory University, which used history to engage members of the university community in dialogue, research and teaching on racial and other forms of human diversity. In 2011, the Transforming Community Project organized the first international conference on the history of slavery in higher education. Harris has recently completed Slavery and Sexuality: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas (University of Georgia, 2018), with Daina Ramey Berry; and Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies (University of Georgia, 2019) with James T. Campbell and Alfred L. Brophy. She is currently working on a book on late-twentieth century New Orleans, entitled “Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History.”
This lecture series aims to bring nationally prominent scholars and writers to campus to discuss the so-called “crisis in the humanities.” Each lecturer will be invited to address, head on, the positive contributions of the humanities to society at large. We hope that identifying such contributions will be a step each lecture takes toward challenging the widespread idea that the humanities ought to be a low priority in education. The lectures will therefore clarify the nature of the current debate over the importance of the humanities and shed new light on why intellectual disciplines at the heart of the modern university now appear to be so undervalued.