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Haitian Revolution Talk Nov. 8

Jonathan Beecher Lectures on the Haitian Revolution

UC Riverside's African Diaspora Lecture Series Enters Fourth Year

(October 22, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif ( -- Jonathan Beecher, professor of history at UC Santa Cruz, launches the fourth year of UC Riverside’s African Diaspora Lecture Series with a free, public lecture at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building.

The lecture, "Toussaint L’ouverture and the Haitian Revolution," will focus on the bicentennial of Haitian Independence, which became a signal event in the history of the Americas, said UC Riverside History Professor Sterling Stuckey.

"The Revolution, led by a man named Toussaint L’ouverture, was perhaps our sole beacon in the darkest period of our history, a time when millions of Africa's descendants throughout the America's were enslaved with few prospects for freedom," Stuckey said. “David Walker, one of the greatest leaders of the slave era, perhaps best captured the spirit of his people's regard for Haiti when he referred to Haiti as ‘the glory of the blacks and the terror of tyrants.’ That inspiration has yet to be equaled as blacks remain scattered in the diaspora, Stuckey said. “That is what makes the bicentennial so important in our history and Jonathan Beecher's lecture so compellingly relevant today."

Beecher graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Harvard in 1959. He went on to receive his doctorate from Harvard. He also studied at the Sorbonne and the Institute for Political Studies in Paris. He was an Instructor in History at Harvard from 1967-69 and has been teaching French History at Santa Cruz since 1970.

The African Diaspora Lecture Series is sponsored by the History Department and the UCR Center for Ideas and Society.

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