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Harvard professor speaks at Loyola on slavery and capitalism

Loyola press release - April 5, 2010

Walter Johnson, Ph.D., a Harvard University professor and expert on slavery, will visit Loyola University New Orleans this week to present a free lecture, “The Carceral Landscape: Slaves, Fields, Forests, Swamps, Horses and Dogs.”

Johnson’s discussion will take place Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s main campus. Johnson, the Winthrop Professor of History and professor of African and African-American Studies at Harvard, is giving the talk as part of the 2010 Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference being held in New Orleans April 8-11.

Johnson's scholarly work focuses on slavery, capitalism and imperialism. His book, “Soul by Soul,” depicts the slave market along with the fantasies, fears, negotiations and violence that characterized American slavery. Since publishing the book, he has written a series of essays on slavery exploring its social and historical impact.

Johnson received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a doctorate from Princeton University. Before his work at Harvard, Johnson taught history and American studies at New York University.

Founded in 1968, the Society for the Study of Southern Literature is a nonprofit organization devoted to scholarship on writings and writers of the American south. Its mission is to promote reading, writing and dialogue about the literature of the American south and the cultures from which that literature has sprung. The society reaches this goal through sponsoring conferences and other discussion forums, the publication of scholarship, and the awarding of prizes for excellence in southern literary study.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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