Watts Program Lecture

November 12, 2013 - 6:00pm

Watts History of the Book Program. Michael Suarez of Rare Book School  will speak on “The Print that Changed the World: The Description of the Slave-Ship Brookes.”

When William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and their colleagues on the London committee of The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade first saw the original diagram depicting the stowage of human cargo on the slave-ship Brookes, they quickly acted to transform it for their particular political ends. Within weeks, a broadside engraving with a lengthy accompanying text had been delivered to every member of parliament and many other cultural elites across the land. In a richly illustrated lecture, UVA professor Michael Suarez will describe the circulation and uses of the ‘Brookes,’ consider relationships between word and image, and discuss the reciprocalOpen to the Public. MacMillan Reading Room.

Michael F. Suarez, S.J., is the Director of Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. A Jesuit priest, he holds four masters degrees (two each in English and theology) and a D.Phil. in English from Oxford.

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