Monday, September 19, 2016 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Butler Library, 535 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 208B
212 854 1833
New media scholarship invites reconsideration of how history has been, could be, and should be represented. By wrestling creatively and collectively with some difficult interpretive problems presented by social history of slavery, this lecture hopes to inspire new conversations about history’s most painful subjects. Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of History and African and African-American Studies at Harvard University, considers three graphic histories of slavery: a cartographic narrative of the Jamaican slave revolt of 1760-61, a web-based archive of enslaved family lineages in Jamaica and Virginia, and a short video conversation on the relationship between the legacy of slavery and mass incarceration in the United States. Together they illustrate some of the significant virtues and limitations of doing history online.
The first in a Global Digital Humanities speaker series organized by the Dean of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Cosponsored by the Office of the President, Columbia University Libraries, Heyman Center for the Humanities, the Department of History, and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies.