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A Discussion of Twelve Years a Slave

With Michael Ralph and Wahneema Lubiano
November 14th, 2013
5:00 PM


Ralph discusses the role of violence in Twelve Years A Slave and Django Unchained:

Ralph examines the current rise in popularity of slavery on the screen:

Ralph connects the experience of viewing Twelve Years a Slave with living in the United States today:

In the audio above, Ralph discusses the role of violence in Twelve Years A Slave and Django Unchained.

The Forum for Scholars & Publics held a discussion on Twelve Years a Slave in November 2013. The discussion was led by Michael Ralph of New York University and Wahneema Lubiano of Duke University and included several other faculty participants. 

We asked participants to familiarize themselves with the book before the discussion. The original edition is available for free viewing and download in a variety of formats at the Internet Archive, here: People also picked up the recent re-edition of the book, with critical commentary by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Ira Berlin.

Related links:

"The Moral and Economic Costs of Slavery:" FSP director Laurent Dubois on the Diane Rehm Show.

"Fighting to Survive: 12 Years a Slave and All is Lost" by David Denby, The New Yorker

'Twelve Years' Forum: 'Show Up for the Horror, Stay for the Politics' on Duke Today

Twelve Years a Slave trailer

Michael Ralph

New York University

Associate Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Metropolitan Studies; Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, American Studies

Ph.D. 2007 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; M.A. 2002 (Anthropology), University of Chicago; B.A. 2000 (Africana Studies) Morris Brown College.

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Wahneema Lubiano

Duke University

Wahneema Lubiano is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Literature at Duke University. She received her BA degree in English Literature and African-American Studies from Howard University, and her MA and PhD degrees in English Literature from Stanford University. Before coming ...

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