Leading Slavery Scholar to Give Public Lecture

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A leading scholar and expert on slavery will be delivering the latest in the University of Worcester’s History Guest Lecture Series next week.

Professor James Walvin OBE, the author and editor of over 40 books and winner of the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Slavery in Small Things: Looking for Slavery in Western Culture’ at the University’s St John’s Campus next Tuesday, March 3.

During his lecture, Professor Walvin will demonstrate how the legacy of slavery is still evident in a variety of aspects of modern daily life. He will explain the relationship between slavery and modern cultural habits, artefacts and objects, and the extent to which slavery has helped to shape Western culture.

The lecture, hosted by the University’s Transnational Studies Research Group, is open to students and members of the public.

Professor Suzanne Schwarz, of the University’s History department, says: “Professor Walvin is an outstanding scholar of international reputation.

“A conference held in his honour at Yale University in 2010 celebrated his achievements as ‘one of the great scholars of the transatlantic slave trade, and a pioneer in unearthing the history of Black Britain’, and we are delighted to be welcoming him to the University of Worcester next week.”

Professor Walvin, who was awarded an OBE in 2008 for his services to scholarship, counts the award-winning book Black and White amongst his impressive body of work. The book won the 1975 Martin Luther King Memorial Prize.

In the 1980s, he was long-listed for the Warwick Prize for his book The Trader, the Owner, the Slave, and one of his most recent books, Crossings, was described by Yale University’s David W Blight as a ‘a beautifully written and deeply informed’ work, ‘full of fresh ideas and astounding detail’.

Professor Walvin was also the British Government’s advisor for the commemoration of abolition in 2007.

Professor Walvin’s lecture will take place at 5pm on Tuesday March 3. The event is open to all, but attendees must book their place in advance by emailing