The final event in the "IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY: ATLANTIC SLAVERY, LEOPOLD'S CONGO AND THE LEGACY
OF EARLY HUMAN RIGHTS PIONEERS" series returns to King Leopold's Congo to explore an African American's remarkable role in exposing its horrors and calling the Belgian monarch to account internationally. Noted historian John Hope Franklin will talk with holocaust studies scholar Lea Wernick Fridman about the life and work of George Washington Williams, an African American writer, historian, legislator, and pioneer of the keystone human rights concept of "crimes against humanity." Franklin is the author of George Washington Williams: A Biography, winner of the Clarence L. Holte Literary Prize, which traces Franklin's forty-year quest to find information about Williams. An Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College in New York, Fridman has published many scholarly works and a play on the Holocaust. Her current research project focuses on Williams' "Open Letter to King Leopold." The "In the Name of Humanity" series is cosponsored by the Office of the Vice-Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Duke University Center for International Studies, the Archive for Human Rights at the Duke University Libraries and African and African American Studies (AAAS).
Wednesday, 8 October, 12 noon -1:00 pm
Wednesday at the Center, Franklin 240
Free and open to the public
Parking vouchers for the medical deck are available at the event
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