Yale University has invited Dr. Todd Allen, chair of the communication department at Geneva College, to participate in a seminar on Slave Narratives from June 13 to 16. Through a highly competitive and intense selection process, Allen was one of only 28 faculty members selected to attend.
“It is a privilege and an honor to have been selected for participation in this prestigious seminar,” Allen says. “I view this as a tremendous learning opportunity through which I can enhance my scholarship in the African American freedom struggle.”
Leading the event will be Professor David Blight, professor of American history at Yale and director of the university’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition. Blight is one of the nation’s top scholars on the Civil War and its legacy.
Before the Civil War approximately 65 narratives were published in English, many of them now classics by such authors as Harriet Jacobs, Solomon Northup, and William Wells Brown. This seminar will examine both antebellum and postbellum slave narratives, both as works of literature and as means of understanding the slaves’ personal experiences in the transition to freedom.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).