Kelley to Present Friday’s Faculty Lecture Series

December 3, 2010

Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley will present this month's Faculty Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Friday, December 3, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall.

In Gone to Africa: The Slaving Voyage of the Sloop Hare, 1754-55, Kelley will reconstruct a single colonial-era slaving voyage, which ran from Rhode Island to Sierra Leone to South Carolina.

He describes the lecture: "The voyage of the Hare is unusually well documented. Records detail not only all of the slave dealers on the African coast who sold slaves to the ship, but all of the purchasers who bought the Hare's captives in South Carolina. The voyage therefore offers an unprecedented opportunity to follow a single cohort of captives from their sale in Africa to the plantations of the New World, yielding new insights on questions of community, identity, and culture in the Diaspora. This lecture is based on a book in progress. The project has benefited from three Hartwick College Faculty Trustee grants, which allowed Kelley to conduct research on three continents, as well as an NEH Longterm Fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year in residence at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, the nation's premier research library for early American history. Portions of the project have been presented at the American Antiquarian Society, the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation in Hull, England, the Harriet Tubman Institute for African Diaspora Studies at York University in Toronto, the Gilder Lehrman Institute at Yale University, and at the New England Regional Historical Seminar at Brown University."

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