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Dozens of mayors visited the Pope today – here’s what happened

A Strong Show of Commitment to Papal Agenda on Climate Change & Sustainable Development  Following the launch of the Encyclical Letter on the Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si, and in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21, Pope Francis today convened more than 60 local leaders from around the world…

Geography in the News: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Remembered

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Geography of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Scholars continue to examine the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade between Africa and the New World, one of the world’s most dynamic, yet tragic, forced intercontinental migrations. Reviews of a recently published book in the New York…

Meet the Authors Who Turned “12 Years a Slave” Into a Children’s Book

  The film 12 Years a Slave, which opens across the United States on November 1, is already a top Oscar contender, but this isn’t the first time Solomon Northup’s story has been told. Northup, a free African American who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841 and freed in 1853, told it himself in his…

A Historian’s Perspective on “12 Years a Slave”

In 1853, Solomon Northup published a harrowing tale of being kidnapped and sold into slavery despite being born a free man.  Last week, film director Steve McQueen brought Northup’s words to life with the box office hit 12 Years A Slave.  Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson, an African American Studies professor at Harvard University, thought the…

The Known World

“Universalis Cosmographia” by Martin Waldseemüller.   The Known World of Edward P. Jones’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is set in mythical Manchester County, Virginia before the Civil War and centers on the surprising and  little-known practice of free blacks who themselves owned slaves.  Jones’ depiction of life in that rural community is so detailed and nuanced,…