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James A. Field Lecture: "Benjamin Lay and the Surprising Origins of Revolutionary Abolitionism"
Start Date: 10/11/2017Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 10/11/2017End Time: 6:30 PM

Event Description:
Benjamin Lay (1682–1759) was one of the first people to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. The Quaker dwarf lived in a cave not far from Swarthmore, ate only fruits and vegetables, and created a new revolutionary way of life.

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Research Fellow at the Collège d'études mondiales in Paris. His prize-winning books have appeared in 15 languages and include The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist (Beacon Press, 2017).

A book signing will follow the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

James A. Field, Jr., was the Isaac H. Clothier Professor of History and International Relations at Swarthmore College, serving on the faculty from 1947 until his retirement in 1986. Widely published in the fields of American Naval History and International Relations, Field also served four years in the Navy during World War II. He won the Bronze Star for heroism, helping in the evacuation of a small aircraft carrier that was damaged by a kamikaze attack in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

The James A. Field, Jr. Lecture Endowment was established by Thomas D. Jones, Jr. '53 and Vera Lundy Jones '58, in 2001, and is named after the late James A. Field, Jr., a distinguished professor of history at Swarthmore College from 1947 to 1986. The Field Endowment supports a biennial lecture by visiting scholars at Swarthmore College on the subject of the history of the United States. Donations to the Field Lecture Endowment may be made to Swarthmore College.

Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Kohlberg
Room: Kohlberg, Scheuer Room
Contact Information:
Name: Jen Moore
Phone: 610-328-8135
Email: history@swarthmore.edu
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