Roundtable Discussion: Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences beyond Academia, Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:00-2:00pm, Humanities 1, Room 210

July 26, 2016

By , Director, Chicano Latino Research Center 

Map of the slave trade out of Africa, 1500-1900, from Voyages:  The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.
Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer are historians at St. John's University and co-producers of Ghosts of Amistad:  In the Footsteps of the Rebels (2014, dir. Tony Buba), the award-winning documentary based on Marcus Rediker's powerful account of the most successful slave rebellion in American history, The Amistad Rebellion:  An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin, 2012).  Professors Misevich and Tuchscherer join Greg O'Malley, Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz, in a conversation on why scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences should share our research with audiences beyond academia and how we can do so--for example, via film, museum and digital exhibitions, and public databases, such as Professor O'Malley's NEH-funded “Final Passages Intra-American Slave Trade Database."  

Due to limited space, this event is open to UC Santa Cruz faculty, students, and staff.  UC Santa Cruz faculty, students, and staff should register here for the roundtable by Tues, October 25. 

Members of the campus and community are invited to a free, public screening of Ghosts of Amistad at the Del Mar Theatre (1124 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz) on Thursday, October 27, at 7:00pm.  Professor O'Malley will moderate a Q&A with Professors Misevich and Tuchscherer immediately following the screening.  PLEASE REGISTER HERE FOR THE FILM SCREENING. 

Philip Misevich headshotPhilip Misevich is Assistant Professor of History at St. John's University.  He specializes in the study of the slave trade and the development of the Atlantic World.  His research focuses on the coerced migration of Africans throughout the nineteenth-century Atlantic world.  A practioner and developer of digital humanities scholarship, he is co-principal investigator of the African Origins database project and actively works with a team of scholars on Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, a project that details the movement of 35,000 slave vessels. 

Konrad Tuchscherer and companion.Konrad Tuchscherer, Associate Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at St. John's University, is a specialist in African history and languages.  His interests include nineteenth and twentieth century West Africa, colonialism in Africa, and Gullah history in South Carolina and Georgia.  His research experience in Africa includes Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and The Gambia.  He also serves as co-director of the Bamum Scripts and Archives Project at the Bamum Palace in Cameroon.

Greg O'Malley headshotGreg O'Malley is Associate Professor of History at UC Santa Cruz.  His first book, the award-winning Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), explores a neglected aspect of the forced migration of African laborers to the Americas.  He is co-principal investigator of the NEH-funded “Final Passages Intra-American Slave Trade Database,” which documents more than 7,600 individual shipments of enslaved people between American colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  He is also conducting research for a new book, The Escapes of David George: One Man’s Struggle with Slavery and Freedom in the Revolutionary Era.

This event is co-sposored by the Chicano Latino Research Center and Institute for Humanities Research, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.