Wednesday, November 8, 2006
The Perils of Freedom in America"
Respondents: Eric Foner and Saidiya Hartman
Please note that seating, which is limited, will be on a first come first served basis.
ORLANDO PATTERSON, John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics (1965). He began teaching at Harvard in 1969. His work has focused on the sociology of slavery and of freedom and on the problems of ethnicity and multiculturalism. Among his many books are: The Sociology of Slavery: Jamaica, 1655-1838 (1967), Ethnic Chauvinism: The Reactionary Impulse (1977), Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study (1982), Freedom: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991), The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America's "Racial" Crisis (1997) and Rituals of Blood: The Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries (1998). He is also the author of three novels and numerous short stories. His many honors include The Sorokin Prize from the American Sociological Association, the Ralph Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association, and the National Book Award. He served as Special Advisor for Social Policy and Development to the Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley (1972-1980) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.