Brown Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Lunch Talk With Ellen S. Cola

Thursday, October 26, 2017
12 PM
CSSJ Seminar Room
94 Waterman Street


 Harriet Jacobs, #BlackGirlMagic, and the History of Slavery in the US

Join us for a Lunch Talk with Ellen S. Cola, entitled: "Harriet Jacobs, #BlackGirlMagic, and the History of Slavery in the US."

Over the past few decades, contemporary scholars as well as historians have been analyzing the effects of slavery on black women, exploring how intersectionality effects black women’s lives today, and discovering the importance of the recent #BlackGirlMagic movement. The stellar work of these scholars and historians has given us a great deal of knowledge about each separate topic, however, we still need to explore how they are all related and intersect. This project will attempt to uncover whether the #BlackGirlMagic movement is actually contemporary or if its roots are in plantation slavery. Ellen will highlight Harriet Jacobs' perspective on her escape journey from slavery and the characteristics of Harriet Jacobs' narrative that are particularly interesting and shed light upon the trials of escaping slavery.


Ellen S. Cola is an undergraduate student at Brown University, and conducted research this summer at CSSJ as a recipient of the Karen T. Romer Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award. She was mentored by Emily Owens, Professor of History at Brown University.



Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here.