In honor of Black History and Women's History months Dr. Robin Mitchell of California State University Channel Islands will be giving a guest lecture examining the circumstances and meaning of the alleged 1803 torture of Suzanne Simone Baptiste - also known as Madame Toussaint Louverture - while incarcerated in France. It also looks at how the story of that alleged torture permeated outwards to places like Haiti and the United States. The narrative of Mme Louverture's torture offered a brutal rebuttal to tentative French conversations about blacks being part of the French body politic. Simultaneously, however, the tale also allowed different outside entities to spin the events surrounding the Haitian Revolution (calling into question French civilization) via the black body of Toussaint's widow.
This event is free and open to the public courtesy of the African and African American Studies unit, the History and Social Studies Education Department, the Grants Allocation Committee, and the Faculty-Student Association of Buffalo State College.
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