Lectures in Honor of Chris Schmidt-Nowara (1966-2015) Pioneer of Transatlantic and Antislavery Hispanic Caribbean Studies

Please join the Fordham History Department as it celebrates the life and work of Chris Schmidt-Nowara with a series of lectures, panels, and discussions on the fascinating variety of topics to which he dedicated his career. The first event will be held Monday, October 5, at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 2nd Floor – Costantino Room (Fordham Law School). In collaboration with the United Nations, the Burial Database Project of Enslaved Americans and LALSI present Truth: Women, Creativity and the Memory of Slavery, with distinguished women artists and scholars from the Americas. The panel will discuss the representation of  slavery by women artists of African descent throughout the Americas.  Participating artists and scholars include:Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro
Novelist, Poet & Short-Story Writer

Aimee Meredith Cox, Cultural Anthropologist
Associate Chair, Depart. of African & African Amer. Studies, Fordham University

Nicole Fleetwood, Associate Professor
American Studies, Rutgers University

Yuko Miki, Assistant Professor
Iberian Atlantic History

Iyunolu Osagie, Associate Professor
English, Penn State

Gabriela Salgado, African & Latin American Contemporary Art Curator
London, UK

Deborah Willis, Photographer
Chair, Depart. of Photography & Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU

Read on to find out about further events this semester…

Thursday, October 29 at 11:30am – 1:30pm, Cafeteria Atrium (Lincoln Center): “Whose Debt? The Puerto Rican Financial Crisis in Historical Context”.  A discussion with the writer and journalistNelson Denis, author of the best-selling The War against All Puerto Ricans, and acclaimed NY Daily News and Democracy Now! journalist Juan Gonzalez, author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America and News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, moderated byLuisita Lopez Torregrosa, the NY Times journalist and memoirist, author of The Noise of Infinite Longing, who is currently LALSI’s distinguished adjunct and teaching a course on Latinos and the Media (LALS 3346, meeting on Mondays at 6:00 pm) and a course for the Communications and Media Department on International Journalism.
November 6 at 6:00 pm, 3rd Floor – Room 301 (Fordham Law School): “Havana Hardball”. A conversation with César Brioso about his fascinating book on the contribution of Cuban baseball to US baseball, and specifically to the breaking of the color barrier in this sport.  The link to this event which is cosponsored with the Centro Cultural Cubano de Nueva York is http://www.cubanculturalcenter.org/events/2015/07/havana-hardball-2/.Friday, November 20 at 11:30am – 12:45pm, FMH 314 (Rose Hill): “Race, Sexuality, Afro-Cuban Religious Practices, and the Cuban State”. A lecture by the distinguished Cuban scholar Tomás Fernández Robaina, a researcher at the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí and professor at the Universidad de La Habana, who is the author of many books on race in Cuba, among them Blacks in Cuba 1902-1958: Notes on the History of the Struggle against Racial Discrimination.

Prof. Chris Schmidt-Nowara was a member of LALSI and Fordham’s History Department from 1999-2011.  He received his B.A. from Kenyon College in 1988 and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 1995, with a dissertation on slavery and emancipation in nineteenth-century Spain, Cuba and Puerto Rico, which soon became his first book, Empire and Antislavery: Spain, Cuba And Puerto Rico 1833-1874 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999).  He went on to publish Slavery, Freedom and Abolition in Latin America and the Atlantic World (University of New Mexico Press, 2011), which was selected by Choice as one of the year’s outstanding academic titles, and Slavery and Antislavery in Spain’s Atlantic Empire (Berghahn Books, 2013). At Fordham, he was a Magis Distinguished Professor. At the time of his death he was Prince of Asturias Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization at Tufts University.


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