“Chronicling Marcus Garvey and the UNIA: The Process of Research and Writing the African Diaspora,” 10/18, 12 pm


Speakers: Robert A. Hill, Ph.D. and Michaeline A. Crichlow, Ph.D.

This conversation between Professors Robert A. Hill. and Michaeline A. Crichlow, Department of African and African American Studies will discuss Hill’s career as a chronicler and historian of the African Diaspora through the writing of his now 13-volume Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers project. Hill‘s research has taken him through the expanse of the African Diaspora as he combed through personal, public, and private archives to document the life and pan-African influence of Marcus Garvey, one of the leading intellectual voices of the early 20th century. Hill‘s papers are now housed in the John Hope Franklin Research Center at the David M Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Professor Hill is at Duke University for a one week fellowship to celebrate the archive and share with the Duke community.


Robert A. Hill is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Hill previously held appointments at Dartmouth College, the Institute of the Black World (IBW, Atlanta) and Northwestern University, Evanston. Hill is a leading expert on Marcus Garvey and his influence on the African Diaspora. For the past thirty-five year Professor Hill has researched and collected materials on Garvey and served as editor of the 13-volume Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project (University of California Press, Duke University Press). Hill is also the compiler and editor of numerous historical editions, including The Black Man: A Monthly Magazine of Negro Thought and Opinion, edited by Marcus Garvey; The Crusader, edited by Cyril A. Briggs; George S. Schuyler’s Black Empire and Ethiopian Stories; and The FBI’s RACON: Racial Conditions in the United States during World War II. His collection now joins the archive of the Franklin Research Center documenting African and African American History and Culture in the David. M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.


Michaeline A. Crichlow is a Professor in African and African American Studies at Duke University. Crichlow co-author (with Patricia Northover) Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes of Fleeing the Plantation (Duke University Press, 2009)Negotiating Caribbean Freedom: Peasants and the State in Development (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005); Co-Editor of a special issue of the journal Cultural Dynamics on Race, Space and Place: The Making and Unmaking of Freedoms in the Atlantic World,(November 2009). She teaches courses on Food politics; Caribbean politics and Culture; and on Diasporas.

This event is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center, and Duke University’s Center for International and Global Studies. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd and Erwin Rd parking decks. The series provides 1 hour parking vouchers to guests.

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