September 28, 2004

Slavery expert to present free public lecture

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A renowned expert on slavery and its effects on African-Americans will give a free public lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Harvard historian Susan E. O'Donovan will discuss "Making Slavery's Cotton: Refashioning Self on the Southern Frontier" in the University Museum Auditorium, north wing of Faner Hall.

O'Donovan is an assistant professor of African and American studies and U.S. history at Harvard.

She lists her research interests as late antebellum slavery and the extent to which experiences in bondage shaped black men and women's lives, labor and politics in freedom.

SIUC's Phi Alpha Theta honorary history society, Student Development and several academic departments are helping to sponsor her visit.