Leslie Harris. Open to the Public.

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Date(s) - 04/02/2012
6:00 pm

ZSR Library Room 404


“Leaving New Orleans:  A Personal Urban History,” by Leslie Harris, Associate Professor of History and the Winship Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Emory University.  Professor Harris’s primary research areas are urban history, African-American history, and the history of women and gender.  She is the author of In the Shadow of Slavery:  African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which was awarded the Wesley-Logal Prize by the American Historical Association.  She co-edited with Iran Berlin Slavery in New York(New Press, 2005). Professor Harris’s public scholarship engages New Orleans’ history on academic, personal, and public levels; she is the principal investigator for the New Orleans After Katrina project, a digital initiative that allows students, scholars, and the general public to contribute to and critically engage with the history of New Orleans.  For more information on the project, please seethe link at http://nolaresearch.org/   In addition to a description of the New Orleans After Katrina project, Professor Leslie Harris will discuss her recent manuscript, titled “Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History,” in which she points out that many aspects of New Orleans history have been obscured by the responses to Hurricane Katrina. Professor Harris seeks to answer important scholarly and personal questions about historians’ roles and responsibilities (to themselves, their families, familiar places, and history) that will be of interest to history students and faculty alike.