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Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies

Howard University professor Ana Lucia Araujo will deliver the 2023 Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies on Feb. 23 with a presentation titled “Slavery as History and Memory.”2023 Reckford Lecture. Slavery as History and Memory. Featuring Ana Lucia Araujo. Thursday, Feb. 23 4PM, Hyde Hall. iah.unc.edu

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The lecture will examine the recent international developments surrounding the fall of pro-slavery monuments and demands of symbolic and material reparations for slavery and colonialism. By exploring the history of the public debates about slavery and the Atlantic slave trade, the lecture aims to illuminate why and how these debates have gained growing importance in the public sphere and the public space over the past ten years not only in the United States but also in other slave societies and societies that were deeply involved in perpetuating these human atrocities.

Ana Lucia Araujo

Ana Lucia Araujo is a full professor in the department of history of historically black Howard University in Washington DC. Her work explores the history and memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery. Her work has also explored the visual culture and material culture of slavery and the history of symbolic and material reparations for slavery. She authored or edited thirteen books on these topics. Her three recent single-authored books include Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (2020), Museums and Atlantic Slavery (2021), and Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017).

The Institute hosts the annual Mary Stevens Reckford Memorial Lecture in European Studies, established in 1990 by UNC Classics Professor Kenneth J. Reckford to honor his wife, Mary Stevens Reckford (February 25, 1934 – November 12, 1987). The lecture is designed to appeal to the public, rather than specialists. Speakers are asked to provide “pleasure, instruction, an interdisciplinary approach and a sense of shared humanity.”

This is a CLE event. Students may RSVP on HeelLife. To receive credit for the CLE, students must check-in at the lecture to confirm attendance at the lecture.

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