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Forthcoming Book

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

This 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

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

This film, by Tony Buba and 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. Watch trailer »

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.

March 23-26, 2017: Lecture in Berlin as part of “a four-day manifestation of research, theory and creative works” on the theme,”Now is the time of monsters: What comes after nations?” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

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