Conversations from the Cullman Center: Christopher Brown and Rudolph Ware

October 8, 2015

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Rudolph Ware and Christopher L. Brown discuss 18th century Senegambia, where France and Britain fought bitterly for control of the slave trade, while the Islamic theocracy Futa Toro rose to prominence and opposed both foreign powers, seeking to end slavery altogether.

This event is co-presented with the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at at the Schomburg Center.

Christopher L. Brown is Professor of History and the Director of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. His publications include Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age, co-edited with Philip Morgan, and Moral Capital: Foundations of British Abolitionism, which received the James Rawley Prize in Atlantic History and the Morris D. Forkosch Prize in British History from the American Historical Association, as well as the Frederick Douglass Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance. While in residence at the Cullman Center in 2013-2014, he worked on a book about European and African relations along the Senegal and Gambia Rivers in the era of the Atlantic slave trade.

Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Rudolph Ware  specializes in Premodern Africa and Islam in Africa. He is the author of The Walking Qur’anIslamic Education, Embodied Knowledge, and History in West Africa.