American Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, presents:
GLOBAL HISTORY FROM BELOW
Two events about workers, rebels, dreamers and the world they’ve made.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
*Events are free and open to the public*
12:10-1:30pm - PEOPLE’S POETRY/ PEOPLE’S HISTORY
Mather Hall, Washington Room, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT
Martín Espada and Marcus Rediker have spent their careers exploring the lives of workers, rebels, and dreamers, the very people neglected from top-down versions of history. By emphasizing the history-making power of everyday people and the poetry inspired by their struggles, these writers powerfully engage social movements from below. Through conversation and poetry readings, Rediker and Espada will describe the intersections of people’s poetry and people’s history. Christina Heatherton will moderate the conversation.
4:30-6:45 pm - GHOSTS OF AMISTAD
Cinestudio, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT
After writing The Amistad Rebellion, historian Marcus Rediker returned to Sierra Leone to trace the African journey of the Amistad rebels. Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels is an award-winning chronicle of that trip. By returning to the rebels’ home villages and speaking with local elders, workers, and teachers, Rediker and his team reconstruct a submerged history in the struggle against slavery. Ghosts of Amistad is a forceful account of global history from below. World-renowned poet Martín Espada will open with a short poetry reading. A discussion with Marcus Rediker moderated by Christina Heatherton will follow the film.
Martín Espada is a Poet and Professor of English at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh.
Christina Heatherton is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Trinity College.