Saidiya Hartman: The Afterlife of Slavery


Monday, April 19, 2021
4:00 PM PST
Online, Register Here

The Humanities Institute is honored to welcome esteemed Professor Saidiya Hartman as the featured guest at our inaugural Hayden V. White Distinguished Annual Lecture. A scholar of African American literature and cultural history, Hartman explores the afterlife of slavery in modern American life, bringing to light stories of rarely documented lives that have been systematically excluded from historical archives.

Confronting slavery and its long, unfinished aftermath, Hartman’s work is a brave, imaginative, genre-bending exercise in historical resurrection. Through a hybrid of documentary research and informed speculation, Hartman gives us back the stories of those enslaved and struggling for freedom.

In the interdisciplinary spirit of innovative scholar and historian Hayden White, Professor Hartman will engage in a public conversation with two leading UC Santa Cruz Humanities scholars, literary critic Vilashini Cooppan and historian Greg O’Malley. The free, live, online conversation will examine her relationship to the archives of Black life, the intersections between history and literature, and the politics of memory.

For more information, please visit The Humanities Institute event webpage here.