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Joseph C. Miller, the T. Cary Johnson Jr. Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will present a lecture titled ?Beyond Blacks, Bondage and Blame: Africa?s Place in a Multi-Centric World History? at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, in Carleton College?s Gould Library Athenaeum. The event is free and open to the public.

Miller, an internationally recognized expert on slavery and the slave trade, has done research for 35 years on the history of Central Africa, much of it based on oral research in Angola, and on the history of slavery and the slave trade in the South Atlantic. His major current project is a world history of slavery from earliest times through the 19th century. He has also been concerned with the place of Africa in world history, which will be the subject of his Carleton lecture.

Miller?s best known book is ?Way of Death: Merchant Capitalism and the Angolan Slave Trade, 1730-1830,? which won the Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association as the best book in African studies in 1989. He also is the author of ?Kings and Kinsmen: Early Mbundu States in Angola? and the editor of ?The African Past Speaks: Essays on Oral Tradition and History;? the Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara; and of the Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery.
Miller earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University; an M.B.A. from Northwestern University; and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He served as president of the American Historical Association in 1998 and is now the vice-president and president-elect of the African Studies Association. He was editor of the Journal of African History from 1990-96.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Mellon Faculty Lifecycles grant, the Carleton history department and the African/African American studies department. For more information and disability accommodations, call Carleton?s library at (507) 646-4260.

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