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Forthcoming Book

The fearless benjamin lay: the quaker dwarf who became the first revolutionary abolitionist (Sept. 2017)

Cover of The Fearless Benjamin Lay bookThis book chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a man who in 1738 became one of the first ever to demand a total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved people worldwide. Prophet, philosopher, and vegetarian, Lay affirmed the equality of all living things as he rethought the ethical foundations of human life. See all books »

Film

Ghosts of Amistad:

In the footsteps of the rebels

Winner of the American Historical Association’s John E. O'Connor Prize in 2015 as the best historical documentary of the year

This film, directed by Tony Buba and produced by Marcus Rediker, chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in May 2013 to interview village elders about local memory of the Amistad rebellion (1839), to search for the long-lost ruins of the slave trading factory Lomboko, and to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

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News & Events

November 4, 2016: Lecture at the Louvre in Paris on Théodore Géricault’s magnificent painting, “The Raft of the Medusa." The audio of the lecture is available here and a story, with video, by France-TV, here.

April 26, 2017:  Evening session entitled "Storytelling through Documentary Film," including a screening of Ghosts of Amistad at Goucher College.  More info to come.

May 26-28, 2017: Lecture in a program called "The Right to the Sea," organized by the Hamburg Port Hydrarchy in the "Theatre of the World" Festival, to be held in Hamburg, Germany. More info to come.

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