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Luncheon talk: Caribbean in the Age of Revolution, Friday 15 March

March 12th, 2013

Humanities News

Faculty and students are warmly invited to a luncheon presentation, “Layers of Recognition: Haiti and the Atlantic World,” by Julia Gaffield, our third candidate for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Caribbean Age of Revolution. The talk will take place on Friday, March 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Olin-Sang Room 207. Lunch will be served.

Julia Gaffield received her PhD in History from Duke in 2012, and will soon begin an appointment as assistant professor of history at Georgia State University. Her dissertation research made international headlines in 2010, when she unearthed in the British National Archives what is believed to be the first printed copy of Haiti’s 1804 Declaration of Independence. She was the organizer of last week’s conference on “The Haitian Declaration of Independence in an Atlantic Context,” held at the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Virginia, and has published widely, including articles in the William and Mary Quarterly and the Journal of Social History.

This presentation is among the first of many events scheduled for 2013-2014 under the auspices of the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on the “The Age of Revolution: Rights, Representation, and the Global Imaginary,” under the direction of Professors Jane Kamensky and Sue Lanser. Mark your calendars now for our inaugural symposium on Friday, September 27, 2013, featuring distinguished Revolution-age scholars Lynn Hunt (French), Doris Garraway (Haitian), and Eliga Gould (American).

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