Dr. Peter Kolchin, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at the University of Delaware (Photo courtesy: University of Delaware)

Hartwick NEH Lecture Series Kicks off with Kolchin

September 24, 2013

On October 4, Hartwick College will hold a lecture titled "Henceforth and Forever Free: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of Emancipation in the United States."

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

Dr. Peter Kolchin, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at the University of Delaware, will be the first speaker in this series of year-long lectures on the subject of emancipation.  Kolchin's lecture will be about "U.S. Emancipation in Historical and Comparative Perspective."

Professor Kolchin is a world-renowned historian of slavery and emancipation, with a special interest in the history of US slavery and Russian serfdom. He is the author of several major books, including American Slavery: 1619-1877 (1993, 2003), A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth Century South in Comparative Perspective (2003), and Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987), winner of the Bancroft, Charles Sydnor, and Avery O. Craven Prizes in history.

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

  • Dr. Thomas Holt, James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of American and African American History, University of Chicago (Friday, November 1, 2013)
  • 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 Hartwick College Associate Professor of History Dr. Sean Kelley at 607-431-4584 or

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