Art, Science, and Abolition in Antebellum Black Women's Friendship Albums

When Mar 02, 2018
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where HUM 300
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Art, Science, and Abolition in Antebellum Black Women's Friendship Albums

BRITT RUSERT, Amherst

March 2, 2018, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

300 Bingham Humanities 

This talk considers a small group of friendship albums owned and circulated by free black women in antebellum Philadelphia. Beyond the simple affirmation and cementing of friendship bonds, these albums contain tantalizing traces of other histories and engagements, from black women's scientific networks and art-making to philosophies of black femininity and abolition. 

 

Britt Rusert is an Assistant Professor in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture.