Focal Point Dialogues was an initiative born in 2020 as a Department commitment to educate ourselves in the history of anti-Blackness. The idea was conceived in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the national and international uprising it triggered. This education starts by understanding when did “blackness” become a thing, to begin with, and it requires from all of us leaving the “zone of comfort” of our specializations, and dare to explore…as we learn from each other, and from this year’s guest, Ada Ferrer. After an engaging dive into Herman Bennet’s African Kings and Black Slaves : Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic (UPenn Press, 2018) in the first iteration of Focal Point Dialogues in 2020-21, this academic year we focus on Ada Ferrer’s Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge U. Press, 2014).
The book can be downloaded here (You will need to have logged into your UCSB library account)
When : April 29th, 1-3 PM
Where: HSSB 4080
The discussants for this session are: