Michael Suarez Lecture and Workshop

November 12, 6:00 pm │”The Print That Changed the World: The Description of the Slave Ship Brookes.”

When William Wilberfore, Thomas Clarkson, and their colleagues on the London committee of The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade first saw the original diagram depicting the stowage of human cargo on the slave-ship Brookes, they quickly acted to transform it for their particular political ends.  Within weeks, a broadside engraving with a lengthy accompanying text had been delivered to every member of parliament and many other cultural elites across the land. The image soon became an icon, circulating in multiple forms not only in Britain, but also in Paris, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, Newport and Providence, Rhode island. More than any other product of the abolitionist press, the ‘Brookes’ became a force for change.  In a richly illustrated lecture, UVA professor Michael Suarez will describe the circulation and uses of the ‘Brookes,’ consider relationships between word and image, and discuss the reciprocal interactions between politics and print. 

suarez_m.09Michael F. Suarez, S.J is the Director of Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. A Jesuit priest, he holds four masters degrees (two each in English and theology) and a D.Phil. in English from Oxford.

The Event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow in the MacMillan Reading Room of the John Carter Brown Library.

November 13, 2:00 pm │Rare Book Workshop

As a follow-up to his public lecture on Tuesday evening,  Michael Suarez will lead undergraduate students through a hands-on seminar featuring treasures from the JCB collections. Advanced registration is requested, and priority will be given to Brown/RISD undergraduate students.

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