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September 10, 2015
David Roediger on Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All
Hall Center Conference Hall, University of Kansas - Lawrence
September 10, 2015
4.00pm - 6.00pm
Hall Center Conference Hall, University of Kansas - Lawrence
900 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
David Roediger presents The Byron Caldwell Smith Award Lecture
The Hall Center for the Humanities is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Byron Caldwell Smith Book Award. One award for fiction and one for non-fiction is given each competition cycle.
The winners will receive their awards and deliver a public talk at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Hall Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will also take place.
The non-fiction committee selected David Roediger, Foundation Distinguished Professor of American Studies/History at the University of Kansas, to receive the award for Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All (Verso Books). Roediger's radical new history redefines the idea of freedom after the jubilee, using fresh sources and texts to build on the leading historical accounts of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Reinstating ex-slaves' own "freedom dreams" in constructing these histories, Roediger creates a masterful account of the emancipation and its ramifications on a whole host of day-to-day concerns for Whites and Blacks alike, such as property relations, gender roles, and labor. Committee members recognized the importance of Seizing Freedom, considering it a "work of superb scholarship, and a significant contribution to the humanities writ large."