Alumna Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara to Speak on 'The Business of Northern Slavery'

Dr. Christy Clark-Pujara ’01, assistant professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will return to St. Thomas on Tuesday, Oct. 19, to deliver a public lecture on “The Business of Slavery,” a case study covering two centuries of the international business of slavery in Rhode Island.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held from 7:15 to 9 p.m. in the 3M Auditorium, Room 150, Owens Science Hall.

Clark-Pujara’s research challenges traditional interpretations of the history of slavery in the United States. She has expanded and revised her project on the global business of slavery – far more of it was situated in a northern colony (Rhode Island) than previously has been understood – which played a critical role in American trade and in the institutionalization of racial slavery from the middle of the 17th century through the middle of the 19th century.

Clark-Pujara majored in history and went to the University of Iowa on scholarship. While still a junior at St. Thomas she was one of the Coca Cola Fellows in museum studies at the Minnesota Historical Society. This past year she has been an Anna Julia Cooper fellow at UW-Madison.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the American Culture and Difference Program, and the Justice and Peace Studies Program.

For more information e-mail Dr. Anne Klejment of the History Department or visit News & Events on the American Culture and Difference website.