Culture Connect Featured Event

Heroes & Villains Lecture Series: The Amistad Rebellion
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Starting this fall, the New Haven Museum will present a lecture series entitled “Heroes & Villains,” exploring the stories behind some of the most important historical figures in the history of Greater New Haven. The lecture series will continue through 2013 as the New Haven Museum celebrates its 150th and the City of New Haven’s 375th anniversary. All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. Lectures will be accompanied by book signings, and copies of each speaker’s books will be available for sale. All lectures are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 7, Marcus Rediker will share the story of the Amistad rebellion from the point of view of the African captives themselves, the topic of his new book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom. Utilizing sources unique to this event, Rediker reconstructs the horror of their plight, their courage, their humanity, and their backgrounds not just as captives, but as people. His new book reminds readers of the humanity behind this rebellion, a side to this story that has gone unexplored and unheard until now. Marcus is a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He has won several book prizes and held numerous fellowships, and is the author of four other books, including The Slave Ship.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or [email protected].