pod copy 3New ideas, enlightening conversations, cutting-edge research, tomorrow’s trends: it’s all here in the Lapidus Center podcast seriesListen to our visiting scholars as they share their knowledge and passions.

Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed and Dr. David Blight – both members of the Lapidus Center Council of Advisors –  discuss the writing of biographies. Gordon-Reed has published a biography of Thomas Jefferson and Blight is writing a full biography of Frederick Douglass.

Dr. Nafees Khan presents “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database” and the “African Origins Project.” He shares his thoughts about how the slave trade is taught in schools; how slavery and the slave trade are represented in public memory in the USA and Brazil; and what the implications of digitaHarrisl humanities are for education.

Dr. Natalie Joy, the Lapidus Center inaugural Fellow talks about her book project, Abolitionists and Indians in the Antebellum Era, which considers the relationship between Native Americans and the American antislavery movement from the 1820s through the 1850s.

Dr. Leslie Harris – a member of the Lapidus Center Council of Advisors – stresses the importance of cities in the history of slavery, particularly New York; she explores the characteristics of urban life in slavery; and compares the enslaved community’s experiences in New York and Savannah. A native of New Orleans, Harris is working on a history of the city in the 20th century.Nicole Wright

Nicole Wright discusses her project, which explores literary treatments of law, judgment, representation, and slavery in British and American fiction of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Caree BantonCaree Banton discusses her project More Auspicious Shores:” Post-emancipation Barbadian Emigrants in Pursuit of Freedom, Citizenship, and Nationhood in Liberia, 1834-1912. This project uses the narrative of the efforts of a group of fifty Barbadian families to emigrate to Liberia to
help African Americans build up a black nation that would be the envy of the world.


For more great conversations, listen to the Schomburg-Mellon Summer Institute series.