The 2010 Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Causes and Consequences: Global Perspectives on Gender and the History of Slavery,” will bring a variety of scholars to campus Wednesday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 15. The scholars will explore slavery and gender and how their two complex histories have intersected in a range of time periods.
The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI International Programs and UI Libraries are sponsoring the symposium.
Two keynote lectures will kick off the symposium Wednesday, Oct. 13. Sue Peabody will present the first lecture “Why Scholars Study Slavery” at noon in 302 Schaeffer Hall. Peabody is currently the Edward R. Meyer Professor of Liberal Arts at Washington State University in Vancouver, and she received her doctorate in history from the UI.
“We are delighted to have such an impressive group of slavery scholars coming to our campus,” said Leslie Schwalm, symposium co-organizer. “Each has made important contributions to our understanding of how gender -- as an ideology and a set of practices -- has shaped the structure and experience of slavery."
Schwalm is also a professor in the following UI departments: history; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; and African American studies -- all in CLAS. Two other events will be offered in conjunction with but prior to the symposium, both free and open to the public. These events will provide opportunities for campus and community members to learn more about the history of slavery.
The first screening of the “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre with the film “Adanggaman.” The Friday, Oct. 8, “WorldCanvass” program will focus on gender and slavery and will be recorded live with host Joan Kjaer from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol.
“The intersection between slavery and gender necessarily has a global dimension, even if it takes different forms in particular national contexts,” said Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs. “This event will help us understand both that global dimension and those local contexts.”
A full schedule of events for the symposium can be found at www.uiowa.edu/obermann/slavery. To learn more about the “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series and the Oct. 8 “WorldCanvass” program, visit international.uiowa.edu/WhatsNew.
For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact Schwalm at 319-335-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MEDIA CONTACTS: Leslie Schwalm, UI History Department, 319-335-2299; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077, email@example.com; Writer, Katelyn McBride