Event Recaps | 19 April 2021

Saidiya Hartman – The Hayden V. White Distinguished Annual Lecture


On April 19th, 2021, the Humanities Institute was honored to welcome esteemed Professor Saidiya Hartman for the inaugural Hayden V. White Distinguished Annual Lecture. Hartman gave this years lecture entitled, “The Afterlife of Slavery.”

This online conversation explored her relationship to the archives of Black life, the intersections between history and literature, and the politics of memory.

Confronting slavery and its long, unfinished aftermath, Hartman’s work is a brave, imaginative, genre-bending exercise in historical resurrection. Through a hybrid of documentary research and informed speculation, Hartman gives us back the stories of those enslaved and struggling for freedom.

In the interdisciplinary spirit of innovative scholar and historian Hayden White, Professor Hartman engaged in a public conversation with two leading UC Santa Cruz humanities scholars, literary critic Vilashini Cooppan and historian Greg O’Malley.

This event was a part of The Humanities Institute’s yearlong exploration of the theme Memory.

Scott Rappaport wrote about Professor Hartman’s work for UC Santa Cruz news.

UC Santa Cruz students, staff, and faculty may view the video of Professor Hartman’s lecture below, by using their UCSC gold credentials to log in.