Slavery and Human Trafficking: A Film Screening & Discussion at OWU Libraries

slavery-by-another-name-coverAs part of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Wesleyan University Libraries will host a screening of the film Slavery by Another Name followed by a discussion of slavery and modern-day human trafficking on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  The film will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library.  The discussion, guided by OWU faculty members Dr. Barbara Terzian and Dr. David Eastman, will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Based on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subject to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor. Interviews with the descendants of victims and perpetrators resonate with a modern audience. As an alternative to attending the screening of the film in person, free streaming copies of the film are available online: Slavery by Another Name.

Dr. Terzian is a specialist in U.S. legal and women’s history. Her research focuses on Ohio’s constitutional history in the 19th century, particularly as it affected African-Americans and women. Dr. Terzian, an experienced civil rights attorney, authored Ohio’s Constitutions: An Historical Perspective in the Cleveland State Law Review and ‘Let Us Agitate’: Woman Suffrage at Ohio’s Constitutional Conventions, 1850-1913, in The History of Ohio Law.

Dr. Eastman teaches courses in New Testament, Christian history, and western religions. He is active in scholarly research and service. His first book was on the early Christian veneration of the apostle Paul (Paul the Martyr: The Cult of the Apostle in the Latin West, 2011). His second book is due to be published in spring, 2015: The Deaths of the Apostles: Ancient Accounts of the Martyrdoms of Peter and Paul (Latin, Greek, Syriac). Dr. Eastman is a strong advocate for improving the situation of children around the world, especially through efforts to eliminate human trafficking.

The discussion and film series are made possible through Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History as a part of the larger Bridging Cultures programming initiative of the NEH. Created Equal aims to bring diverse communities together to explore the history of civil rights and the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America through selected documentaries, which include The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, The Loving Story, and Freedom Riders.

Deeply grounded in humanities scholarship, these films tell a remarkable story about the importance of race in the making of American democracy; about the power of individuals to effect change; and about the historical contexts in which Americans have understood and struggled with ideas of freedom, equality and citizenship. The documentaries address events from the 1800s through 1965 in the United States. Each of the films was produced with NEH support and each highlights individuals who challenged the racial, social and legal status quo of deeply rooted institutions, from slavery to segregation.

Contact Catherine Cardwell, Director of Libraries, at 740-368-3246 or with questions about local events.