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Rutgers Historian Speaks on Campus


African Diaspora Lecture Series at UC Riverside Ends with Afro-Brazilian History

Professor P. Sterling Stuckey Brings Rutgers Historian Kim D. Butler to Campus on Saturday, May 1

(April 20, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Kim D. Butler, a historian from Rutgers University, will lecture on “Understanding Freedom in the African Diaspora: Lessons From Afro-Brazilian History” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in Humanities 1500, at UC Riverside. This is the last lecture of the African Diaspora Lecture Series, which started in January, 2001.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking costs $5 per day.
“I am pleased that this last event of the lecture series will be given by one of the rising stars in the field of Diaspora Studies,” said Prof. Sterling Stuckey, the coordinator of the series and a history professor at UC Riverside, who will retire in June.

Butler, who heads the Department of Africana Studies at Rutgers University, received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, a Masters degree in Latin American/Caribbean History from Howard University, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Professor Butler served as a curator at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution Washington, D. C., before going on to distinguish herself as a research and publishing scholar.

Her book, Freedoms Given, Freedoms Won: Afro-Brazilians in Post-Abolition Sao Paolo and Salvador, won the Leticia Woods Brown Publication Prize from the Association of Black Women Historians in1998 and the American Historical Association’s Wesley/Logan Prize for the best book in African Diaspora History in 1999.

The Diaspora Series is co-sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society and the History Department at UCR.

“Over the years we have brought in first-rate scholars, and the community’s response vindicated that ambitious scheduling,” said Stuckey, the person who has organized the lecture series over the years. “Community support has been the mainstay of the series, which is ideal from my point of view, especially considering the level of sophistication that community people brought in numbers to each session.”

Included among the scholars who visited campus: author Miriam DeCosta-Willis; Jonathan Beecher, professor of history at UC Santa Cruz; UCLA researcher and editor Robert Hill and actress Vinie Burrows; Lamont Yeakey, professor at California State University, Los Angeles; Douglas Daniels, a black studies and history professor at UC Santa Barbara; Chicago artist and scholar Mark Rogovin; Journalist William Worthy; Abena P.A. Busia, a Rutgers University English Professor; UC Davis Anthropologist John O. Stewart; University of Massachusetts Professor of History John Higginson; and Joseph Adjaye, professor and chair of the Africana Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh.

A conference to celebrate Professor Stuckey’s life and scholarship is scheduled for May 21 here at UC Riverside.

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