Greetings from Across the River (Macalester College)
Jean Kilde (Classics and Near Eastern Studies) and Lisa Norling ( History) have suggested to me that information regarding local efforts now underway to combat human trafficking and slavery might be of interest to you, particularly in light of your upcoming screening of your film.
My name is Jim Stewart, Emeritus in History at Macalester College and I'll be speaking on your campus on Friday Oct 21 to open the Calvin and Caroline Roetzel endowed lecture series for the Classics and Near Eastern Studies Department.
This message's aim is not to boost attendance for my talk ( you're already warmly invited) which will be about slavery today as well as in the past.
Instead I'd like to draw your attention to efforts underway at Macalester to organize a substantial antislavery movement here in Minnesota.
Our efforts are sponsored by a national organization, Historians Against Slavery, with over 400 members on campuses across the United States. Its mission is to create linked networks of campus-based antislavery societies that sponsor new scholarship, create new curriculum, stimulate awareness and that promote involvement with the wider community. The link to its website is http://historiansagainstslavery.org
Minnesota's introduction to this initiative will take place on October 20 at Macalester the evening before my appearance on your campus. Mac-Antislavery, ( our new antislavery society), is sponsoring a major public event featuring Joy Friedman, survivor of more than 25 years of sexual enslavement, a leading figure in St. Paul antislavery work and nationally acclaimed as an extraordinarily powerful and informative speaker.
Our "tag' is "Mac-Antislavery knows no campus boundaries" and we are working hard from the start to involve other campuses.
So you are indeed being warmly encouraged to attend our event and will be receiving publicity about it as Oct. 20 draws closer
If this message piques your interest and if you'd like to know more, please feel free to contact me.
James Brewer Stewart
James Wallace Professor of History Emeritus
Coordinator, Historians Against Slavery