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Lecture | Histories Connected: Masterclass

The Lores of Flatbush: Dutch Storytelling in Colonial North America

Thursday 23 May 2024
Histories Connected 2023-2024
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
2.60 (Conference room)

Dutch settlers in New Netherland and, later, New York regularly trafficked in tales, banal, fantastic, and occult. African and Native peoples were frequent presences in these stories—often establishing the American origins of such lore. This Masterclass will focus on how African slavery and Indigenous dispossession came to transform colonial folk culture.

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.

Registration for the masterclass

This masterclass is designed for MA and ResMA students and PhD candidates. 
To apply as a participant, please send a short statement of interest (200-300 words), explaining why you are interested in the Masterclass, and mentioning your current study programme by 15 February 2024 to Noelle Richardson (n.n.richardson@hum.leidenuniv.nl). 

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