Baylor Department of History Welcomes Emory Professor for Annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures

March 28, 2011
News Photo 5088Dr. Kristin Mann, professor and chair of the department of history at Emory University in Atlanta

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Dr. Kristin Mann, professor and chair of the department of history at Emory University in Atlanta, will lecture on "Trans-Atlantic Lives: Slavery and Freedom in West Africa and Brazil" on Wednesday, March 30, and Thursday, March 31, in room 100 of Morrison Hall on the Baylor University campus.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are the annual Charles Edmondson Historical Lectures sponsored by the Baylor department of history. The lectures are made possible by an endowment established by Dr. E. Bud Edmondson of Longview, Texas, to honor his father, Charles S. B. Edmondson.

Mann will present her first lecture, "Tales of Enslavement, Slavery, and Freedom in the Lagos Colonial Supreme Court Records," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30. Her second lecture, "Reconstructing Kinship and Family among Slaves and Freed People in Salvador (Bahia) and Lagos (West Africa)," will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

Mann received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University before becoming an assistant professor at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass., in 1977. She joined the faculty at Emory University in 1979.

She specializes in 18th through 20th-century African social and economic history; history of gender, marriage and the family; history of slavery, emancipation and the slave trade; history of colonial political and legal changes; and history of West African commercial and agricultural transformations.

She is the author of "Marrying Well: Marriage, Status, and Social Change among the Educated Elite in Colonial Lagos," and co-editor of "Law in Colonial Africa" and "Rethinking the African Diaspora: The Making of a Black Atlantic World in the Bight of Benin and Brazil."

Morrison Hall is at 1410 S. Fifth St.

For more information, call (254) 710-2667 or visit

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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