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Lehman slavery talk

Friday, October 14, 2011

Photo of Christopher P. Lehman, award-winning St. Cloud State professor and author

Christopher Lehman, author and professor of ethnic studies, is a major contribuor to the African-American historical canon.

Photo of Christopher P. Lehman, award-winning St. Cloud State professor and author Photo of the book cover for  

Christoper Lehman will present "Slavery in Minnesota?" 5 p.m. Oct. 24 in Atwood Theater.

The talk, which is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, will draw on Lehman's 2011 book "Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley, 1787-1865."

The talk is free and open to the public. Parking is free on street adjacent to campus and a dollar per hour in the Fourth Avenue Parking Ramp. View the event flyer (PDF).

"Slavery in the Upper Mississippi Valley" documents the persistence of slavery in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin through the end of the Civil War.

Although African American slavery was banned in the region in 1787, slaves were held here by soldiers and federal officials. Among his research findings: Details on Mary Butler and other slaves who lived in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids in the mid-19th century. 

Lehman's previous books, “A Critical History of Soul Train on Television,” “The Colored Cartoon: Black Representation in American Animated Short Films” and “American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era” drew national reviews and media coverage.

"The Colored Cartoon" was honored by the Association of College and Research Libraries as an outstanding academic title in 2008. View Lehman's Amazon page.

Last summer Lehman was a Summer Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research through the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A professor of ethnic studies, Lehman coordinates the university's African American Studies minor at St. Cloud State and is the former faculty adviser for the Council of African American Students on campus.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Oklahoma State University. He earned his advanced degrees at University of Massachusetts Amherst: a master’s in history and doctorate in African American studies.

For more information, contact Kyoko Kishimoto at 320-308-6476.

 

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