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   Communities in Conversation: "African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in the Iberian Atlantic"

   Date : Thursday, 22 March 2012       From : 7:00pm   To : 9:00pm
   Category : Lectures/Conferences/Symposia       Location : Blount/Buckman Lobby

   Event Description :

Rhodes' Communities in Conversation series will present a lecture by Dr. Jane Landers titled "African Kingdoms, Black Republics and Free Black Towns in the Iberian Atlantic." Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall and is sponsored by Rhodes' Department of History and the Spence Wilson Chair in Interdisciplinary Humanities.

Landers' talk traces the evolution of communities of African descent in the Spanish colonial world from their earliest formulations as sixteenth-century African kingdoms established in remote locales in Hispaniola and Colombia through their last vestiges as free black towns in eighteenth century Mexico and Florida. Landers thus opens a world of black agency and resistance to colonial domination during the high tide of slavery.

Landers is the Gertrude Conaway Professor of History and former Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Science and past Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt. Her book, Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (Harvard, 2010) was awarded the Rembert Patrick Book Award and her work Black Society in Spanish Florida was awarded the Frances B. Simkins Prize for Distinguished First Book in Southern History.

New this year at Rhodes, Communities in Conversation provides a forum for dialogue on a variety of topics in the humanities, as well as those related to current affairs.

For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Judaken, the Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities at Rhodes, at (901) 843-3292 or

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