In a talk sponsored by the Ursinus Arts & Lectures program and the Department of Environmental Studies, Dr. Judith A. Carney, UCLA professor of geography, presents "In the Shadow of Slavery: Peoples, Plants, and Agro-ecological Practices in the Americas."
Carney is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (2001, Harvard University Press) and In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Botanical Legacy in the Atlantic World (2009, University of California Press). Her research examines the ways that the slave trade facilitated the movement of peoples, plants, and farming practices and technologies between Africa and diverse locations in the Americas. She is also an expert on the role of gender in food production and agricultural systems in West Africa and will speak about her research on the botanical and agricultural legacy of Africans in the Americas, tracing the ways that the movement of slaves and their practices facilitated the rise of new communities and landscapes.
This lecture is presented in conjunction with Grass Roots - African Origins of an American Art, an exhibition at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art that explores the impact of African coiled basket-making on aspects of economic development in the American South, as well as the present-day environmental and sociological threats to the communities who create this art form.
Thursday, Feb 21, 2013
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