Seeds of Memory: Food Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade

4:45 PM  - 6:15 PM
Wednesday Sep 20, 2017
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Judith Carney presents a talk entitled “Seeds of Memory: Food Legacies of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.”

Author of two award-winning books and recipient of three distinguished teaching awards, Judith Carney is a professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research centers on African ecology and development, food security, gender and agrarian change, and African contributions to New World environmental history.

This lecture shifts historical focus from the export crops slaves produced to the foods they planted for their own subsistence. Emphases are placed on the role of African foods in provisioning the transatlantic slave trade, the slave ship as a medium for their circulation, and the slave food plots where these foods initially appeared. The discussion will underscore the significance of the transatlantic slave trade for the circulation of African plants, animals, and natural knowledge in the Atlantic World.

Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa, the Institute for Global Citizenship, and the Environmental Studies Department.

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty and Public

Sponsored By: Environmental Studies, Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC)

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