Renowned African American Historian to Speak at the UA

University Relations - Communications April 1, 2014

Saidiya Hartman will present the fourth annual Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture at the UA.

Saidiya Hartman is a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, specializing in African American literature and cultural history.

Saidiya Hartman, a Columbia University professor who specializes in African American literature and cultural history, will present the fourth annual Miranda Joseph Endowed Lecture at the University of Arizona.

A renowned African American historian and archivist, Hartman has spent her career focusing on the experience of women and girls in American slavery and the Middle Passage – a pathway region during the Atlantic slave trade – and has profoundly shaped recent scholarly methods around race, memory and narrative. 

The UA Institute for LGBT Studies is hosting the talk, "A Serial Biography of the Wayward," happening Thursday at 6 p.m. at the UA Center for Creative Photography, 1030 N. Olive Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Also during her visit, Hartman will offer a public interview on Friday, moderated by Adam Geary, an assistant professor in the UA Department of Gender and Women Studies. The interview will be held at 4 p.m. in the Kiva Room of the Student Union Memorial Center.

Hartman is an English and comparative literature professor at Columbia. Her groundbreaking works include "Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America." Hartman has been awarded numerous fellowships, including those from Fulbright and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. In 2007, she was named the recipient of the Narrative Prize from Narrative Magazine and earned the Gustav Myers Award for Human Rights

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