Historian Barbara Fields to Lecture During ISI Residency

Columbia University historian Barbara J. Fields will visit campus Feb. 18-20 for the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute’s 2014 residency.

Fields will present a public lecture titled “Was Emancipation a War Crime?” on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in 165-69 Campus Center. Through the course of her stay she will also visit classes in a number of departments and take part in several graduate seminars, as well as engage with this year’s ISI fellows, who are discussing the theme of “Emancipation” through the year.
A leading scholar in American history, Fields specializes in southern history and 19th century social history. Her many books include “Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century” as well as the co-authored volumes “The Destruction of Slavery” “Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War” and “Free at Last: A Documentary History of Slavery, Freedom, and the Civil War.” Her most recent book, co-authored with Karen Fields, is “Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life,” locates the failure of achieving a post-racial America in the limited and inadequate vocabulary, language and concepts presently used to discuss race and inequality.

Fields is the recipient of several awards, including a 1992 MacArthur Fellowship, the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association, the Founders Prize of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society, and the Thomas Jefferson Prize for the Society of the History of the Federal Government.