The Second National Conference entitled "RACE, ETHNICITY AND POWER IN MARITIME AMERICA, 2000 -- Maritime Communities of the Atlantic World and the Pacific Rim: A Multidisciplinary Discussion," will take place at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, September 14 - 17, 2000. It will engage a wide community of scholars, teachers, students, museum professionals, and the general public in a broad conversation about issues of race and ethnicity in the American maritime past. Sessions will be organized to support a dialogue among conference participants regarding the state of scholarship, and the challenge of confronting students and the public with issues of race and ethnicity through institutional programing and our schools.
Keynote speakers will be professors James O. Horton of George Washington University and Daniel Vickers of the University of Southern California, San Diego. Sessions topics will include African American seafarers in the Atlantic and Pacific, the slave trade, Marcus Garvey, maritime labor, waterborne northern migration, museums and issues of race, teaching about race and ethnicity in the classroom, AMISTAD, multi-ethnic maritime enclaves, Chinese diaspora, and perceptions of "the other".
The PBS documentary about Captian Michael Healy, a performance based on the narrative of Olaudah Equiano, the re-creation schooner AMISTAD and Mystic Seaportís public programing dealing with slavery and race will be included in this event as well. For information contact Beverly Griffith at the address or email below; or see our website also listed below.
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