Dr. Thomas Holt - Photo Courtesy The University of Chicago

Hartwick NEH Lecture Series Continues with Holt

October 28, 2013

On Friday, November 1, Hartwick College will continue its lecture series titled "Henceforth and Forever Free: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of Emancipation in the United States."

The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Shineman Chapel on the Hartwick College campus. Hors d'oeuvres will be served during the event, which is free and open to the general public.

Dr. Thomas Holt, James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of American and African American History, University of Chicago, will be the second speaker in this series of year-long lectures on/for the subject of emancipation. Holt's lecture will be about "The Legacy of 19th Century Slave Emancipation for the Modern World." 

A former Guggenheim, Woodrow Wilson, and John D. and Catherine MacArthur Fellow, Holt specializes in the history of slavery, race, and emancipation, with a special interest in the comparative history of the US and the Caribbean. He is the author of several major books, including Black Over White: Negro Political Leadership in South Carolina During Reconstruction (1978), winner of the Charles Sydnor Prize; The Problem of Freedom: Race, Labor, and Politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (1992), winner of the Elsa Goveia Prize; The Problem of Race in the 21st Century (2002); and Children of Fire: A History of the African Americans (2010). 

In addition to Holt, upcoming speakers within the series will also include:

·         Dr. James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center (Friday, April 4, 2014)
·         Dr. Barbara J. Fields, Professor of History, Columbia University (Spring 2014, date TBA)

Funding for the series comes courtesy of Hartwick College and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor of History at Hartwick College Dr. Sean Kelley at 607-431-4584 or

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