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Roots at 40: Reflections and Remembrances

Event: 10/06/2017 – 10/07/2017
Location: East Hartford, CT
Organization: Goodwin College

“In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.

On October 6 and 7 of 2017, Goodwin College will host a special conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the original broadcast of Roots. Goodwin College houses a significant repository of Alex Haley’s writings, and it is committed to promoting dialogue about social justice and opportunity for all.”

 

See http://goodwin.libguides.com/roots40 for more information including information about the keynote speaker Colson Whitehead and the schedule.

Exhibition Announcement: “Napoleon’s Last Stand: 100 Days in 100 Objects”

An online exhibition, curated by the University of Warwick, will provide a new angle on the Battle of Waterloo, whose bicentennial anniversary is commemorated this year.

Launching 23 February 2015, the exhibition will trace Napoleon’s return and defeat by releasing one object for each day of the period known as the ‘100 Days’. Go to http://www.100days.eu to relive the drama of Napoleon’s return day by day.

As part of the backstory already up on the site, you can find out what links Napoleon and Pixerécourt’s 1805 melodrama Robinson Crusoe.