November 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Wealth & Poverty | Slavery and Its Legacies, Nov. 19

The Wealth and Poverty theme at Ohio University presents Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo discussing “Slavery and Its Legacies: Comparative Approaches in Memory and Reparations” on Monday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Walter  Hall Rotunda.

Araujo is Professor of History of Howard University. Her research explores the history, memory, and heritage of slavery.  She authored or edited more than 10 books on these themes, including Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010), Shadows of the Slave Past: Memory, Heritage and Slavery (2014), and Brazil Through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (2015). Since last November she is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

Ana Lucia Araujo, portrait

Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo

Her new book, Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History, published by Bloomsbury in 2017, examines from a transnational perspective the history of the demands of reparations for slavery and the slave trade in the Americas, Europe, and Africa.

“I am a social and cultural historian, working on the history and public memory of the Atlantic slave trade and slavery and their social and cultural legacies. In the last fifteen years, I authored and edited over ten books and published nearly fifty articles and chapters on these themes,” she says on her website.

Abstract: In the last two decades, many initiatives emphasized symbolic reparations, especially through the creation of monuments, memorials, and commemoration activities associated with slavery, demands of financial and material reparations, which have a long and persisting history, remain alive in former slave societies. This lecture shows that beyond a national approach the memorialization of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in the public space, along with the calls for reparations, must be understood from a transnational and comparative perspective in former slave societies where racism, racial inequalities and white supremacy persist.

The Wealth and Poverty Public Lecture is cosponsored by African American Studies, Black Student Cultural Programming Board, History, Latin American Studies, Multicultural Center, and Scripps College of Communication Diversity Committee.

Along with the public lecture, Dr Araujo meets with a group of students who are interested in issues related to reparations for slavery on Nov 19th from 10:-30-11:30am at the AAS conference room.  The meeting is called “A Conversation with Our Past”.  For more information, contact Mariana Dantas at or Dr. Yeong Kim at


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