755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

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At a time when histories of slavery and Critical Race Theory are under attack and scholars are increasingly frustrated by reductive tropes of Black subjectivity, it is more vital than ever to generate authentic critical paradigms and nuanced historical work on Black lives. This imperative is urgent in the context of the early modern African diaspora, particularly populations located in Europe, whose diversity of experiences has been understudied, undertheorized, and oversimplified through a narrow vision of the middle passage epistemology. In this talk, Dr. Christy Pichichero '00E will share exciting new archival research on both hidden and better-known figures such as famed violinist-fencer-composer Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-George in order to interrogate the contours of Black power, unearth strategies of emancipation, and celebrate resistance to racism in the eighteenth-century French empire.

A reception will begin at 4:30 pm, and Dr. Pichichero's lecture will begin at 5:00 pm.

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  • John Strazzabosco
  • Francis, Doreen

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