Containing Multitudes is an exhibition of the letters of Sarah Hicks Williams, an American northerner who married in to the slave-holding south.
The letters are drawn from the Sarah Hicks Williams Papers, courtesy of the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina.
Millennium Library Mon 1 - Sun 14 Oct
The exhibition also includes public lectures and the chance to join open discussions in Cafe Conversation sessions.
Cafe conversations will take place in Cafe Bar Marzano at The Forum and begin 15
minutes after the public lecture ends. Tea and coffee is provided.
More info containingmultitudes.co.uk
The event is funded by the School of American Studies at the University of East Anglia and supported by CUE East and the Annual Fund at UEA.
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Mon 1 Oct
Rebecca Fraser: Containing Multitudes Exhibition.
Reflecting on the varied ways in which we might understand the history of particular people in the Black Diaspora through a consideration of the Sarah Hicks Williams letters.
Fusion 1pm & Millennium Library Training Room 6.30pm
Tue 2 Oct
Malcolm McLaughlin: 1968
Understanding the photograph of US Olympic runners Tommie Smith
and John Carlos raising their fists in protest against poverty, racism, and human rights abuses at the 1968 Mexico games.
Millennium Library Training Room 6.30pm
Wed 3 Oct
Rachael McLennan and Sarah Garland: Moments in Black
Auto/Biographies: Obama and Oprah
This lecture considers how Obama and Oprah use their own life stories
to construct themselves as exemplary Americans.
Thu 4 Oct
Richard Maguire: The Black Presence in Norfolk from 1589 to 1883
This lecture seeks to explore established assumptions about rural
spaces and communities by looking at the history of the black community
in Norfolk from 1589 to 1883.
Fri 5 Oct
Jon Ward: "From Paul Robeson to Samuel L. Jackson:
Tracing Hollywood representations of African American men."
The depiction of African American men in Hollywood films throughout the
twentieth century, asking whether the representation of black men has
changed over the course of time.
Mon 8 Oct
Rebecca Fraser: Unsung Heroes of the Williams’ Plantation
This lecture focuses on the Williams’ enslaved populations, reflecting
on particular individuals and the ways in which they negotiated slavery to
define their own freedoms.
Tue 9 Oct
Ed Clough: "White Maps, Black Routes: African-American
Space and Resistance in New Orleans and the Deep South Plantation"
Contrasting the structures and spaces of the Deep South plantation
and the city of New Orleans, both historically and in the present day.
2nd Air Division Memorial Library 6.30pm
Wed 10 Oct
Wendy McMahon: "He'd Rather be Red than Rich":
Teofilo Stevenson, Sport, Race, and Politics in Revolutionary Cuba.
In 1974, after winning his first world boxing title, the Afro-Cuban boxer,
Teofilo Stevenson (1952-2012), was courted by boxing promoters who
wanted him to fight Mohammed Ali in what was touted 'the fight of the century.'
Thu 11 Oct
Rebecca Tillett and Hilary Emmett: The Championing of Black
Literary Works: Toni Morrison
Examining the way Toni Morrison's work has engaged the legacy of slavery
in contemporary America and has allowed the “unspeakable” to be spoken.