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Historical Walk

Wed. April. 16, 2014
Historical Walk
South Deck
Dr. Garna Christian, Professor of History, will lead an informative walk of the downtown Houston historical district starting on the South Deck. There is a two dollar contribution for the Houston Food Bank.


Dr. Ryden presents at Rediscovering Eric Williams: The Intellectual History of Capitalism and Slavery

March 14, 2014 at Binghamton University, Fine Arts, Room 258

Dr. David Ryden, professor of history, will be presenting his work on the three faces of West Indian economic decline at a meeting at SUNY Binghamton. The one-day conference, entitled “Rediscovering Eric Williams: The Intellectual History of Capitalism and Slavery,” is cotemporaneous with the publication of William’s 1938 dissertation, The Economic Aspects of the Abolition of the West Indian Slave Trade and Slavery (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). The other speakers at the meeting are William Darity (Duke University), Colin Palmer (Princeton), and Anthony E. Kaye (Pennsylvania State University).
For more information visit fbc.binghamton.edu. View event flyer. Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF link


Social Science Lecture Series 2014

 Photograph of Dr. Austin AllenDr. Austin Allen presents: "Quaker Petitions and the Making of a Proslavery Constitution"

Dr. Austin Allen, Associate Professor History, presented his new research on Quaker anti-slavery petitions and Congressional debates during the 1790s. Audience members included 50 history students and about a dozen CHSS faculty members. Dr. Allen’s work challenges the conventional wisdom regarding slavery and the Constitution, while putting forth a new perspective of an important, but comparatively little studied, period in the history of U.S. slavery.

Social Science Lecture Series 2013 - Drs. Li and Jiang

"Legislating Animal Protection in China: The Challenge of Culture and Politics."
This is the first talk in this year's social sciences lecture series. Sun Jiang, visiting professor of law, and Peter Li, associate professor of political science, will present on "Legislating Animal Protection in China: The Challenge of Culture and Politics." Adobe Acrobat Reader Link

The talk will be held at 2:30pm in N-1099. Refreshments will be served and a sign-in sheet will be available for students earning course credit.

Dr. David Ryden to Discuss Research

“Maroon War, Peace, and Removal in the Eighteenth Century”
This paper gives a brief history of the origins and rise of Jamaica’s Maroon communities and of their shifting identity, from opponents of the slave system to supporters of the planter class. Particular attention is paid to how the détente, following the 1738/9 treaty, permitted the Western maroons to prosper and thrive. While it is difficult to establish whether the Windward Maroon villages, located in the Blue Mountains in the East, equally benefitted from their alliance with the colonial government, it is apparent from official dispatches and unofficial comment that the Western Maroons of Trelawny Town, in particular, experience demographic growth that was unprecedented in eighteenth-century Jamaica. The growth of this subpopulation never approached a Malthusian trap, yet the high fertility and the subsequent youthfulness of its population-- combined with limited access to land and enhanced wealth inequality--produced unfavorable internal tensions that provide the context for understanding the origins of the Second Maroon War (1795/6).

"Revolution, Revolt, and Reform in North Africa"

On Sept. 12, Dr. Ricardo René Larémont from SUNY Binghamton presented his research on "Revolution, Revolt, and Reform in North Africa" before 150 UHD students in the large lecture hall (A437). Larémont presentation focused on the "Arab Spring" from a historical demographic and economic perspective.


Dr. Larémont is a professor of political science and sociology and a Carnegie Corporation Scholar on Islam. He received his PhD from Yale University, his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and his BA from New York University.


Dr. Alvarez (left)  and Dr. Laremont (right)

UHD's Dr. Jose Alvarez (on left) and Dr. Larémont were both Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) fellows in 2010.


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