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Jim Crow and apartheid compared at UCR talk on the black experience

Jim Crow and apartheid compared at UCR talk on the black experience

(March 5, 2001)

University of Massachusetts Professor of History John Higginson will compare the post-slavery labor system of the American South with the Apartheid system of South Africa in the third talk of the African Diaspora lecture series at the University of California, Riverside.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 3-5 p.m., Friday, March 9. The event will be held at the UCR History Library, Humanities Building room 1303.

Higginson's talk is titled 'Winning the Peace: Power, Property and Collective Violence in the American South and South Africa, 1865-1914.' He will take questions after the talk. A reception follows.

Higginson is a recipient of the 1993-94 MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Fellowship. He has extensively written about the comparative history of black labor in the two societies and is expected to offer intriguing insights into both systems. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1979.

The series is part of a two-year program to increase awareness of the relationship between Africa and African Americans. The History Department and the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR fund the program. UCR History Professor Sterling Stuckey organizes the events.

A good mix of community members, faculty, and students attended the series opener Friday, Jan.19, when New York University visiting professor Vinie Burrows gave a dramatic reading titled, 'Ceremony and Ritual: The African Diaspora,' about the middle passage (the slaves' ocean voyage) to the Americas. Burrows' performing career spans more than 50 years, including Broadway Theater, radio, film, and television.

Ghanaian Joseph Adjaye, a professor of African studies at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke Friday, Feb. 8, about 'The African Diaspora and the Contours of Africanity.'

Maps and directions to the event are available at UCR information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking costs up to $6 per vehicle. Parking for events after 4 p.m. cost $3 per vehicle.

For more information about the event, call Professor Stuckey at (909) 787-5401, ext. 1984 or his research assistant Jennifer Hildebrand at (909) 787-5401, ext. 1845.

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