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African Rice (Oryza glaberrima) plants growing in an agricultural field with people harvesting the crop

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa’s Food Legacy in the Atlantic World

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

11 a.m. EDT | Online

Much of Professor Judith Carney’s groundbreaking research focuses on African contributions to New World agriculture and ecology. In this talk, she shows how enslaved people established familiar foods from Africa, such as rice, okra, yams, black-eyed peas, and millet, as staples in their subsistence plots, what Carney calls the “botanical gardens of the dispossessed.”

A professor of geography at UCLA, Judith Carney, Ph.D., conducts research in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America that examines gender, food systems, and agroecological change, as well as African contributions to New World environmental history. She is the author of numerous research articles and two award-winning books, Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas and In the Shadow of Slavery.

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