events

Hispaniola: The Early Years of African Slavery in the Americas

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Location: University Center Indian Room

This dialogue presents information about free and enslaved blacks in sixteenth century Santo Domingo—the initial port of entry for the Transatlantic Slave Trade—in the island of Hispaniola, present day the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The presence of blacks in the Americas during the European invasion dates as early as 1492, in Christopher Columbus’ first voyage. Subsequently, free blacks arrived to explore and enslaved blacks were brought to be exploited.

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Dr. Acosta Corniel recently completed a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar Award in the Dominican Republic conducting research on gender violence since the colonial period and free and enslaved black women in Santo Domingo during the XVII-XVIII centuries. She was also in the Dominican Republic land-marking slavery related sites as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute grant under Purdue University and Hamilton College, Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies. She is the co-curator of the traveling exhibit, “Sixteenth Century La Española: Glimpses of the First Blacks in the Early Colonial Americas,” an exhibit of 24 panels highlighting colonial manuscripts about the first blacks who arrived or were brought to the New World since 1500. She was the Research Associate for the digital slave database project. First Blacks in the Americas, www.firstblacks.org.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Department of History. For more information, contact Blessy Joseph at (573) 651-2626 or email at mlkcommittee@semo.edu.

Movie Night: I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall
(814 N Henderson, Cape Girardeau MO 63701)

The Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity is hosting an event for Southeast Missouri State University Faculty/Staff/Students and community members who would like to join us in watching Raoul Peck’s documentary “I Am Not Your Negro”. This documentary is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. PG-13. Documentary. Running Time: 1h 33min.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Department of History.
For more information, contact Blessy Joseph at (573) 651-2626 or mlkcommittee@semo.edu.

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mlkcommittee@semo.edu
Academic Hall Room 011
MLK Celebration
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701