Category Humanities Forum

Simon P. Newman

Thinks Himself Free: Escaped Slaves in 18th Century Britain

Humanities Forum — Webb Lecture
Simon P. Newman, Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American History, University of Glasgow
“Thinks Himself Free: Escaped Slaves in 18th Century Britain”
Tuesday, October 23, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

There were thousands of enslaved people in eighteenth-century Britain, brought from around the world by colonists, merchants, planters, clergymen, government officials, and officers. While valued for their labor, these enslaved men, women, and, most especially, children, served as symbols of the success of their masters. This lecture will explore the attempts at escape of some of those enslaved men, women, and children. (Click heading for full description.)

Dorothy E. Roberts

Race, Racism, and the New Social Science

Humanities Forum and Social Sciences Forum
40th Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture
Dorothy E. Roberts, the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, and Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania
“Race, Racism, and the New Social Science”
Wednesday, November 14, 6 p.m.
University Center Ballroom

Recent advances in scientific research have included a renewed interest in biological concepts of race and explanations of racial inequality. The science that emerged from sequencing the human genome has been marked by investigations of race-based genetic difference and the redefinition of race as a genomic category. The genomic era has generated collaborations between biological and social scientists that seek to link social outcomes to genetic traits. Even some researchers who study the impact of social inequality on biological outcomes have explained racial disadvantage in biological terms. And the biological and social scientists developing a new racial science avoid the political implications of their research by distinguishing their objectivity and socially beneficial aims from scientific racism of the past. This lecture will critically examine the new racial science and propose a more just way for social and biological scientists to study race and racism. (Click on heading for full description.)

Amy Bhatt

High-Tech Housewives and H-4 “Dreamers”

Humanities Forum
Amy Bhatt, Associate Professor, Gender + Women’s Studies; and Affiliate Associate Professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture and Asian Studies Programs
“High-Tech Housewives and H-4 ‘Dreamers’: South Asian Immigration in a Changing Landscape”
Wednesday, December 5, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In this talk based on her ethnographic research, Amy Bhatt shines a spotlight on Indian IT migrants and their struggles to navigate family obligations, career paths, citizenship, and belonging as they move between South Asia and the United States. (Click heading for full description.)