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December 7, 2012

Hartwick professor to give talk on slavery

Associate Professor of Economics Kristin Jones and Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley will present a talk titled “Auctions, Scrambles, and the Economics of Slave Sales in Colonial South Carolina” as this month’s Faculty Lecture Series.

The talk will be held at 4 p.m. today in Bresee Hall’s Eaton Lounge on the Hartwick College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

During this lecture, Jones and Kelley will discuss the method of slave sales known as “The Scramble,” which prevailed in South Carolina and the British Caribbean during the mid-18th century. The lecture is based on a forthcoming article by Kelley in Slavery and Abolition and a work in progress by Jones. The project has received support from a Hartwick College Faculty Trustee Grant and a NEH Long-term Fellowship.

This Friday’s lecture is the fourth of eight discussions during the 2012-13 academic year. Throughout the lecture series, faculty members will discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on politics, religion, art, economics, biology and psychology.

This year’s remaining faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

Feb. 22: Associate Professor of Religious Studies Lisle Dalton, “Gilded Age Railroad Brotherhoods as Industrial Religion”

March 15: Assistant Professor of Chemistry Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, “Where Minerals Meet Life: Fungal Weathering and Potassium Acquisition”

April 12: Associate Professor of Art & Art History Doug Zullo, “The Soviet Occupation of Russian Orthodox Iconography”

May 3: Assistant Professor of Psychology Justin Wellman, “Understanding the Dark Horse of Personality: When Will the Pessimist Win?”

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 431-4387 or

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