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Historian Jeremy Popkin will discuss the genesis of the 1793 Haitian revolution, November 7, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Historian Jeremy Popkin detailed the complex series of events that led to the 1793 Haitian revolution in his 2010 book You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery. His lecture of the same name will be held on Monday, November 7, at 5:30pm in the Spitzer Auditorium of Sanders Classroom Building (Room 212), as part of the history department’s C. Mildred Thompson series. This event is free and open to the public.
 
In You Are All Free Popkin provided the first complete account of the dramatic events that led first to the abolition of slavery in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue in 1793, and then in revolutionary France in 1794. His volume, which earned the 2010 David Pinkney Prize from the Society for French Historical Studies, explained that abolition was the result of complex and often paradoxical political struggles on both sides of the Atlantic that have frequently been misunderstood by scholars. “Popkin provides a vivid narrative based on a wide range of sources, enabling him to capture the story in all its complexity,” wrote the Wall Street Journal.
 
Jeremy D. Popkin is the T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, where he directs the Jewish Studies Program and has frequently participated in the Social Theory Program. Popkin’s other books include Facing Racial Revolution: Eyewitness Accounts of the Haitian Revolution (Chicago, 2005); Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799 (Duke, 1990); and A Short History of the French Revolution (Prentice Hall, 5th ed., 2010). Popkin has also published numerous scholarly articles in such journals as American Historical Review, Journal of Modern History, Jewish Social Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and History and Memory. He has held fellowships from the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation, National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Newberry Library, and has been a visiting professor at Brown University and the College de France.
 
The C. Mildred Thompson Lecture Series honors a 1903 Vassar alumna who went on be a professor of history and dean at her alma mater.
 
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, October 17, 2011