Monday, November 5, 2007

Save the dates! Visiting scholar Sylviane Diouf - two great talks 11/12 and 11/13!

I received this notice in my email today. This sounds really interesting. Check it out:

Greetings ---

We are honored to be hosting Dr. Sylviane Diouf,
curator for the Schomburg Center for Research Black Culture in New York next week --She will present two talks on her research and writing -- download the flier here for both talks:
The first: Monday, November 12 at 11 am in Gorgas Library Room 205 is an informal talk --- African Muslims in the Americas with a slide show "Literate Muslims in Africa and the Americas During Slavery" (based on her 1999 award winning book, Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas).

The second talk is Tuesday, November 13 at 4 pm in Gorgas Library Room 205 (followed by a book signing and reception)
This is on her latest book: Dreams of Africa in Alabama: The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Story of the Last Africans Brought to America. (Oxford University Press, 2007) Flier for the Dreams lecture --
Come hear more about this fascinating and little known part of Alabama History -- "In a tale worthy of a novelist, Sylviane Diouf provides a well-researched, nicely written, and moving account of the last slave ship to America, whose 110 captives
arrived in Mobile in 1860 and, after the war, created their dream of Africa in Alabama." -- Howard Jones, author of Mutiny on the Amistad (and UA Professor of History!)

Sylviane Diouf holds a PhD from the University of Paris and is a curator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Dr. Diouf is the 2007 co-winner of the Wesley-Logan Prize of the American Historical Association. Her website is

As always, these events are free and open to the public! This talk and Dr. Diouf's visit to The University of Alabama is cosponsored by UA Libraries, New College, American Studies, African-American Studies, The Summersell Center for the Study of the South, Modern Languages and Classics, and Religious Studies and the generous support of Lakey and Susan Tolbert. Please contact me if you have any questions or need further information! We hope to see you there!!

Jessica Lacher-Feldman
Public & Outreach Services
Coordinator/Associate Professor
The W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library
Box 870266
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0266
Project Manager: Publishers' Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books

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