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Black/White Intimacies: Reimagining History, the South, and the Western Hemisphere

This image is of a flyer for the conference.This two-day symposium explores interracial interactions and the forming of American culture during the antebellum period and beyond. We will address questions such as:

  • What were the limitations of interracial intimacies and how might people have addressed those limitations in various settings – domestic spheres, legal systems, religious spaces, classrooms?
  • If people across races and cultures lived, ate, slept, and traveled together, what were the implications for cultural understanding—or lack thereof?
  • What was interracial intimacy and how might expressions of such intimate contact have been guided by race, gender, and class?

Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professors Michael Bibler, LSU, and Rebecca Wanzo, Washington University, St. Louis.

A highlight of the weekend will be a Friday evening performance by Professor E. Patrick Johnson, who is Carlos Montezuma Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Northwestern University.

The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. on April 21, 2017, at the Hotel Capstone.

This image shows a poster advertising the performance by Professor E. Patrick Johnson.

Dreams of Dominion Conference a Success

This is an image of Daniel Burge (left) and Roberto Saba (right) on the dais.
Daniel Burge (left) and Roberto Saba (right)

On Monday, March 27, 2017, The Summersell Center for the Study of the South sponsored The University of Alabama Department of History’s conference entitled “Dreams of Dominion; The U.S. South and Latin America.” The event featured two panels, the first, “Slavery and its Legacy,” with Martha S. Santos, Chase McCarter, David. C. Lafevor, and moderated by Professor John Giggie, and the second, “Expansion,” with Roberto Saba, Daniel Burge, and moderated by Professor Lesley Gordon. The event ended with a keynote lecture by David Lafevor entitled, “The Slave Ship Ciceròn and the Argüelles Affair.”

This is an image of David C. LaFevor speaking before the audience.
Keynote Speaker
David C. LaFevor

The following day, an addition luncheon and lecture was hosted by the History Department with faculty, students, and the speakers from the previous day’s event.

Other sponsors for this event included the Charles G. Summersell Chair of Southern History; the Department of History; Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies; New College; the Department of American Studies; and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Summersell Center is proud to have been a part of such an interesting and successful event. Thank you to all who were involved!