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Lecture | Histories Connected: Special Guest Lecture

Knickerbocker Renaissance: Dutch Schools and Slavery in the Early United States

Wednesday 22 May 2024
Histories Connected 2023-2024
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

After the American Revolution, a small town in what is now New York City opened a preparatory academy. Professor Craig Wilder’s talk examines how the residents of this Dutch farming village used the slave economy and the early national desire for schools to recover from several years of warfare and military occupation.

The lecture will be followed by a reception. 

Information on the speaker:

Craig Steven Wilder is the Barton L. Weller Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (Bloomsbury, 2013). Since its publication, scores of colleges and universities have publicly acknowledged their historical ties to slavery and the slave trade.  He is also the author of In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City; and A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn.  Professor Wilder is a senior fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative, where he has served as a visiting professor, commencement speaker, and academic advisor. For two decades, BPI has given hundreds of men and women the opportunity to earn college degrees during their incarcerations in the New York State prison system.  

For any enquiries, please send an email to: n.n.richardson@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

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