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The Common Wind: A Symposium on the Influence of Julius S. Scott’s Writing and Teaching

Saturday, February 29, 2020
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Common WindJoin us on Saturday, February 29, for a gathering in celebration of the influence and legacy of Julius S. Scott (Ph.D.'86 History) on the field of Atlantic history. As a doctoral student in the History Department at Duke University in the 1980s, Scott wrote a dissertation called "The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of Revolution," which reshaped the field through its study of the circulation of ideas and information in the Greater Caribbean and beyond during the era of the Haitian Revolution. As a faculty member in the department from 1988 to 1994, he worked with a remarkable cohort of graduate students who have in turn expanded and transformed the field of Atlantic history.

A group of those students, along with Scott, will return to Duke on February 29 to speak about their collective work, their influences on one another, and the future of the field. The event will take place at the Karsch Alumni and Visitors Center on West Campus from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. All are welcome. Please RSVP.

The event is organized by The Graduate School and the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, with support from the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Cultural Anthropology Department, the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity, and the History Department.

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Related Events

  • Saturday, February 29, 11:00 a.m.: The Graduate School and the Forum for Scholars and Publics are holding a conversation for Scott and current graduate students, with coffee and snacks. Attendees must register separately for that session.
  • Sunday, March 1, 1:30 p.m.: The Regulator Bookshop in Durham (720 9th Street) is hosting a book-release and book-signing event for Scott and Vincent Brown, one of the history Ph.D. alumni participating in the symposium. The event will include a reading and discussion about their new books, Scott's The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution and Brown's Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War.

Participants

The symposium will feature Scott and seven other Duke history Ph.D. alumni:

Julius Scott    
Julius Scott

Ph.D.'86
Author, The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of Revolution
Lecturer IV History, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan

  Herman Bennett  
Herman Bennett

Ph.D.'93
Professor of History
City University of New York

             
Vincent Brown  
Vincent Brown

Ph.D.'02
Charles Warren Professor of American History
Professor of African and African American Studies
Harvard University

  Alexander Byrd  
Alexander Byrd

Ph.D.'01
Associate Professor of History
Rice University

             
Kathryn Dungy  
Kathryn Dungy

Ph.D.'00
Associate Professor of Caribbean and Latin American History
Saint Michael's College

  Jennifer Morgan  
Jennifer Morgan

Ph.D.'95
Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis & History
Chair of the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
New York University

             
Celia Naylor  
Celia Naylor

Ph.D.'01
Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History
Barnard College, Columbia University

  Claudio Saunt  
Claudio Saunt

Ph.D.'96
Richard B. Russell Professor in American History
Distinguished Research Professor
University of Georgia

             

Location

Karsh Center, Duke University
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Event Category

  • General