Alexandrian Society Past Events

2015 Spring Symposium

"Cuba in Transitions - Perspectives on a Hispanic Caribbean Society" 

April 22, 2015

Keynote speaker: Franklin Knight, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) "Cuba in Times of Transition"

Dr. Henry Lovejoy (University of Texas-Austin) "Slavery and Freedom in Cuba during the Age of Revolution..."

Joseph Clark (PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins) "Havana and Veracruz in the Making of the Spanish Caribbean Urban System in the 17th Century"

Dr. Jane Landers (Vanderbilt University) "African Transitions: From Chattel Slavery to Homesteading on the Cuban Frontier"

Dr. Daniel Rodriguez (Brown University) "From Colonial Medicine to Medical Internationalism: The Politics of Healthcare in Cuba, 1898-2015"

Dr. Takkara Brunson (Morgan State University) "The Evolution of the Cuban Woman's Movement during the 1920s and 1930s"

Dr. Rebecca Bodenheimer (Ethnographer, music scholar) "Afro-Cuban Music from Santeria to son"

Dr. Anthony Maingot (Florida International University) "Cuba and the 'Obama Doctrine': Challenges and Opportunities" 

2014 Annual Fall Lecture

"African American Soldiers in Europe during World War 1" 

November 5, 2014

Adriane Lentz-Smith (Duke University) 

2013 Spring Symposium

"Comparative Emancipation in the Atlantic World"

March 11, 2012

Dr. Thavolia Glymph, "Emancipation and the Problem of Black Refugees and Refugee Camps in the Civil War" (Duke University)

Dr. Dale Graden, "And the Drums Beat Loudly in 1888: Brazil's Final Abolition in the Americas" (University of Idaho)

Dr. Antonio Espinoza, "Emancipation in Peru," (VCU)

2012 Spring Symposium

"Atlantic Migration during Slavery, Part 2"

April 25, 2012

Keynote address: Dr. David Eltis, "Africa and the Americas: Some New Approaches to Tracking Transatlantic Connections" (Emory University)

Dr. Audra Diptee, "Forced Migrations: Rethinking African Children in the British Slave Trade" (Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Dr. Kevin Dawson, "Enslaved Ship Pilots in the Age of Revolutions: Challenging Perceptions of Race and Slavery between the Boundaries of Maritime and Terrestrial Bondage"(University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Dr. Daryle Williams, "From Ambriz, Angola to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: A Spatial History of the Free Africans of the Slave Ship "Cezar," 1838-1865" (University of Maryland)

Dr. John Garrigus, "An African Poisoner in the Caribbean" A New Perspective on Slave Resistance before the Haitian Revolution" (University of Texas at Arlington)

2011 Spring Symposium

"Atlantic Migration during Slavery"

April 27, 2011

Dr. Paul Lovejoy, Keynote address: "Out of Africa: Atlantic Migration during Slavery" (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Dr. Daniel Livesay, "The War over the Imperial Family: Interracial Households Crossing between Jamaica and Britain in Mid-Eighteenth Centry" (Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA)

Dr. Ronald Johnson, "Merchant on the Move: Marie Bunel and Atlantic Migration in the Age of Revolutions" (Texas State University)

Dr. Katherine Paugh, "Yaws and Syphilis: Sexuality and Cultures of Disease in the Atlantic World, 1600-1833" (University of Wisconsin)

Dr. Edward Rugemer, "Resistance, Race, and the Law: The Expansion of Slavery in England's Greater Caribbean Empire during the Seventeenth Century" (Yale University)

Dr. Rebecca Schloss, "Crossing the Waters: Women, Family, and Migration in the Early Nineteenth Century French Atlantic" (Texas A&M University)

2011 Fall Lecture

"A Determined Revolution: African Americans Respond to the Emancipation Proclamation"

November 9, 2011

Dr. Edna Greene Medford, Professor and Chair, Department of History (Howard University) 

2010 Spring Symposium

"Slavery, Revolution and Freedom: Haiti and the Atlantic World"

April 14, 2010

The symposium was an exploration of the history of Haiti (formerly the French colony of Saint-Domingue), including the Haitian Revolution, the impact of the revolution on the Caribbean and the United States, as well as its politics, society, and culture from revolutionary times to the present.

Keynote: Dr. Franklin Knight, PhD (Johns Hopkins University)

Dr. Bernard Moitt (VCU)

Dr. Lauren M. Dubois (Duke University)

Dr. Jean Casimir (Duke University, University of Haiti)

Dr. Elizabeth McAlister (Wesleyan University)

Dr. Jeffrey R. Kerr-Richie (Howard University)

Dr. Asselin Charles (Mount Olive College)

2009 Alexandrian Society Fall Lecture

"Lord Cornwallis vs. Anopheles Quadirmaculatus: How Mosquitoes and Malaria Helped Win the American Revolution, 1780-81"

November 16, 2009

John R. McNeill, Professor of History (Georgetown University)

2009 Spring Symposium

"Social Relations during Slavery in the Atlantic World"

April 23, 2009

Keynote: Dr. Franklin Knight (Johns Hopkins University)

Dr. Phillip Schwarz (VCU)

Dr. Maureen Elgersman Lee (Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia)

Ms. Dawn Miles (Ohio University)

Dr. Sarah Meacham (VCU)

Dr. Roderick McDonald (Rider University)

2008 Alexandrian Society's Fall Lecture

"St. Christopher's Journey: African Spiritual Narratives of the Early American South"

November 19, 2008

Dr. Jon Sensbach, Professor of History (University of Florida)

2008 Spring Symposium

"From Africa to Brazil: Continuity and Change in the Atlantic World"

April 9, 2008

Franklin Knight, PhD, The Johns Hopkis University: Brazil: Implementing Change for a Better Society

Linda Heywood, PhD and John Thornton, PhD, Boston University: The African Diaspora to Brazil Reconsidered: The Angola and Mina Waves

Andrew Chesnut, PhD, VCU: Exus and Exorcism: African-Brazil Religion

Kim Richardson, PhD, VCU: Brazil's Transprovincial Slave Trade

Darlye Williams, University of Maryland: The Intrepid Mariner Simao: Travels of a Black in the Portuguese Atlantic at the End of the Slave Trade

2007 Fall Lecture

"Black Women and the Domestication of Free Labor in America's Cotton South"

November 28, 2007

Susan E. O'Donovan, PhD, Harvard University

2007 Spring Symposium

"200 Years Hence: 1807-2007, Abolition and Survival in the Atlantic World"

March 28, 2007

Edward Cox, PhD- Rice University

Joe C. Miller, PhD - University of Virginia

Selwyn Carrington, PhD - Howard University

Philip Scharz, PhD - VCU

Michael L. Blakey, PhD - The College of William & Mary

Norrece Jones, PhD - VCU

Bernard Moitt, PhD - VCU

Karol Weaver, PhD - Susquehanna University

Autumn Barrett, PhD candidate - The College of William and Mary

Frederick Smith, PhD - The College of William and Mary

Neri Jackson, PhD-VCU