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Aug. 29: Chris Tinson on "The Fact of Captivity: Twelve Years a Slave and the Afterlife of Slavery"

Hampshire College invites the public to a lecture by Professor Chris Tinson on “The Fact of Captivity: Twelve Years a Slave and the Afterlife of Slavery.” Tinson will speak on Friday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Crown Center. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free.

Tinson, assistant professor of Africana studies, is speaking as a part of new student orientation at Hampshire. Solomon Northup’s book Twelve Years a Slave is the common reading for all incoming students at Hampshire, who were sent the book in June to read over the summer.

Tinson will place Northup’s experience alongside other recent popular global depictions of slavery and within an understanding of the slave trade as a global enterprise. He will address questions such as how the legacy of slavery continues to shape, and even haunt, the understanding of race, gender, and power in contemporary society. His talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Professor Tinson locates his research and teaching at the crossroads of Africana radical traditions, ethnic studies, hip-hop culture, critical media studies, and community-based education. His work has been published in the Black Scholar, Journal of African American History, Nation, and Radical Teacher, which just published his co-edited volume on “Hip-Hop and Critical Pedagogy.”

Tinson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, earned from the W.E.B. Du Bois department of Afro-American Studies; a master’s degree in ethnic studies from San Francisco State University; and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

For more information, please contact Jessica Ortiz, director of new student programs, at 413.559.5412.

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