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Lecture: 'Chained in Silence: A History of Black Women and Convict Labor'

Event Details

October 17, 2016
4:30 pm

Goodell Hall

Room: Bernie Dallas Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free and open to the public.

The 2016 UMass/Five College Graduate Program in History Distinguished Annual Lecture presents a lecture by Talitha L. LeFlouria, University of Virginia.  

LeFlouria is associate professor of African American studies in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. She is the author of “Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South” (UNC Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 OAH Darlene Clark Hine Award and the 2016 Philip Taft Labor History Award for best book in labor history from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Labor and Working-Class History Association.

Professor LeFlouria’s research and commentary on black women and convict labor was featured in the Sundance award-nominated documentary, Slavery by Another Name. Her work was also profiled in Ms Magazine and Colorblind Magazine. She has published in the Journal of African American History and LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. She is also the author of a new digital humanities project, “Convict Labor and the Building of Modern America,” published by Bedford St. Martin’s Press.  

Currently, LeFlouria serves on the editorial board of the Georgia Historical Quarterly and is a member of the board of directors for Historians Against Slavery and the Association of Black Women Historians.

Copies of LeFlouria's award-winning book will be available purchase at the event courtesy of Amherst Books.

This event is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Department of History, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series.

Event Category

Diversity History