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September 27, 2013

Hartwick to host talk on slavery, freedom

Staff report
The Daily Star

---- — Hartwick College will hold a lecture titled “Henceforth and Forever Free: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of Emancipation in the United States” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4  in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the college campus.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served during the event, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Peter Kolchin, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at the University of Delaware, will be the first speaker in a series of year-long lectures about emancipation. Kolchin’s lecture will be about “U.S. Emancipation in Historical and Comparative Perspective.”

Kolchin is a historian of slavery and emancipation, with a special interest in the history of U.S. slavery and Russian serfdom, and is the author of several major books, including American Slavery: 1619-1877 (1993, 2003), A Sphinx on the American Land: The Nineteenth Century South in Comparative Perspective (2003), and Unfree Labor: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom (1987), winner of the Bancroft, Charles Sydnor, and Avery O. Craven Prizes in history.

In addition to Kolchin, upcoming speakers within the series will include:

Dr. Thomas Holt, James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of American and African American History, University of Chicago (Friday, Nov. 4) Dr. James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center (Friday, April 4, 2014) Dr. Barbara J. Fields, Professor of History, Columbia University (Spring 2014, Date TBA).

Funding for the series comes courtesy of Hartwick College and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

For further information, contact Hartwick College Associate Professor of History Dr. Sean Kelley at 607-431-4584 or