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Abolitionism and the Captive Maternal

Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Virtual Event

In this virtual event, Dr. Joy James, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities (Williams College) will address connections between modern-day abolitionism (the movement to bring an end to mass criminalization) and the captive maternals who are fighting for justice. 

Dr. James’ lecture will be followed by responses from Dr. Orisanmi Burton, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, American University; Dr. Kristen Wright, Humanities Scholars Program Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University; and Bam Willoughby, Doctoral Candidate in Africana Studies, Cornell University. The event is moderated by Zifeng Liu, Doctoral Candidate in Africana Studies, Cornell University, and is co-sponsored by the Humanities Scholars Program and the Africana Studies and Research Center.   

This event is open to the public, and will be followed by a Talk-Back and Q&A session on Friday, November 20, from 6-7:30pm.


Dial-In Information

Registration in advance is recommended for both events. Registrants may attend one or the other, or both events (11/19 & 11/20) using the same Zoom webinar link.  

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Julie McLean


Dr. Joy James

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Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities (Williams College)

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