HRC Freedom Lab invites you to join Michaël Roy on “Children Are Abolitionists: Boys and Girls of the Antislavery Movement.”
Date/Time: Fri, Nov 25, 8-9:30 PM China time Zoom ID: 261 330 4845 Speaker: Michaël Roy
Children were a vital, though neglected, presence in the US abolition movement. Throughout the antebellum period, a variety of abolitionists—the Liberator’s editor William Lloyd Garrison and the white reformer Henry Clarke Wright, the fugitive slave turned abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the African American primary school teacher Susan Paul—appealed to children’s antislavery and antiracist sympathies. “If . . . we desire to see our land delivered from the curse of PREJUDICE and SLAVERY,” Garrison declared in 1835, “we must direct our efforts chiefly to the rising generation.” His call did not go unheeded. Young abolitionists read antislavery tracts and slave narratives; they attended antislavery meetings and fairs; they learned and penned antislavery speeches which they recited at school; they participated in Emancipation Day celebrations and in programs to honor the memory of John Brown; they raised money to finance antislavery lecturers’ international travels; they even signed antislavery petitions, testing the limits of their citizenship. Aided by their parents and teachers, Black and white children acted in concrete ways against the slave system and made a meaningful contribution toward its demise. This presentation sheds light on their little-known activism. Continue reading “Freedom Lab Presents: Children Are Abolitionists: Boys and Girls of the Antislavery Movement “
The International Committee of the American Studies Association is excited to announce the 2022 Award Ceremony of the Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize for Scholarship in Transnational American Studies. The event will take place on November 11, 2022 at 11am EST over zoom: https://duke.zoom.us/j/3443189585
Highlights of the event include a featured performance by the award-winning musician, Mahmoud ‘Mood’ Chouki, and a keynote by Professor Brian T. Edwards of Tulane University on “Global Port Cities: Imagining New Institutional Relationships.”
Please join the Freedom Lab in a viewing of the Academy Award Winning Documentary I am Not Your Negro, by Haitian director Raoul Peck. Narrated in the words of African American writer James Baldwin (1924-1987), I am Not Your Negro traces Baldwin’s experiences and reactions to the Civil Rights Movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, as well as the deeply entrenched history of racism in the United States.
Discussion will be held afterwards.
Date & Time: Tues, Oct 25, 6-8PM Barcelona Time Location: Third Floor of IES Building.
Project title: The Feminine Fabulation: An Interdisciplinary Reading of Female K-Pop Idols’ Star Texts
Project summary: This project presents an interdisciplinary examination of the complex and in-depth dimensions of society manifested in visual and entertainment culture by focusing on female K-Pop idols’ star texts in the globalization era. It shall revisit the potential of feminine qualities through female idols’ embodied dialogues with particular social and cultural ideologies. Ultimately, the findings on these postmodern star texts will be approached as fabulations that bring together “archaic and contemporary, as well as documentary and fictional” to produce collective storytelling, and in turn, contributes to “the making of a people” (Chow 2007, pp.25). Continue reading “Student Research Project: Meixuan Wang’s “The Feminine Fabulation: An Interdisciplinary Reading of Female K-Pop Idols’ Star Texts””
Project title: My Great Grandmother, My Grand Aunt, My Grandmother, My Mother and I: A Family Album
Project summary: Shuyuan’s signature work will be an exploration of female intergenerational relations in a patriarchal context. By using photography as her main artistic medium, she draws from her own and her family’s experiences to present a personal, first-person perspective on social issues related to gender and generation in China over the last century. The long-term goal of this project is to use art to focus on intergenerational relationships of women in a patriarchal setting. By focusing on her own past and complex family structure, she hopes that her artworks will interact with the static patriarchal art world and draw the viewer’s attention to two long-neglected social issues: aberrant gender inequality and intergenerational relationships in Chinese society. Continue reading “Student Research Project: Shuyuan Zhou’s “My Great Grandmother, My Grand Aunt, My Grandmother, My Mother and I: A Family Album””
Herb and Beauty: Aromatic Female in “Dream of the Red Chamber”
Project summary: Through a close reading of the poems and descriptions of Daguan Yuan’s female in Dream of the Red Chamber, I mainly explore two questions in this project: How does herb in Dream of the Red Chamber construct female identity? How does the nature-female correlation narrative style embody the feminine space and feminine discourse in the book? Theories related to sensory experiences, eco-feminism, and traditional Chinese medicine will also be referred in the project. Continue reading “Student Research Project: Weiran Li’s “Herb and Beauty: Aromatic Female in ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’””