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Legacies of Enslavement

3:00pm-4:00pm on Monday 29 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 27th March. For events on or after 28th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

The event shares research from the University of Cambridge's in-depth academic study into ways in which it contributed to, benefited from or challenged the Atlantic slave trade and other forms of coerced labour during the colonial era. It will also investigate the extent to which scholarship at the University of Cambridge, an established and flourishing seat of learning before and during the period of Empire, might have reinforced and validated race-based thinking between the 18th and early 20th Century.

This event is chaired by David Lammy MP. David is the Labour Member of Parliament for Tottenham, England, where he was born and raised. After being elected for the seventh time in December 2019, he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice.  He is the author of two books – Out Of The Ashes and Tribes.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, 8th Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public activist in the field of social justice and minority empowerment.

He has had widespread global recognition for his academic achievements and leadership expertise, and was knighted by the Government of Barbados. He has received numerous honorary doctorates from around the world and recently received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Freedom Award.

Olivette Otele PhD, FRHistS is a Professor of History of Slavery and Memory of enslavement at the University of Bristol. She is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Historical Society. Her latest books include a monograph, African European: an untold History (Hurst, 2020) and an edited volume, Post-Conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2021)

Sharon Mehari is a 2nd Year Student of History and Spanish, currently serving as the President of the Cambridge African Caribbean Society and has recently joined the Legacies of Enslavement Advisory Group.

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

This event will premiere on the University's YouTube channel.

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Additional Information

Age: Adults
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Theme: Society
Image copyright: Credit: (CM.5.1183-1933) and © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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