News Release: Arts and Humanities

Feb. 3,  2011

Voyages Event Presents Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

Emory University is inviting the public to explore “Voyages: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database,” the world’s most comprehensive record of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, at a public talk and interactive tour of the database at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 at The Carter Center, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta.

The evening will feature introductory remarks by Emory President James W. Wagner, a reading by award-winning poet Kevin Young, Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative Writing, and a presentation by David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History.

Eltis, creator of the Voyages database, will discuss the development of this one-of-a-kind resource and guide guests through its contents, which document nearly 35,000 voyages that carried captive Africans across the Atlantic.

A reception and interactive exhibition begins at 6:30 p.m., with presentations and discussion at 7:15 p.m. After the presentation, guests are invited to a dessert reception and to further explore the database. Admission to the event is $25 for non-Emory alumni; $15 for Emory alumni, faculty, staff and parents.

Attendees must register online by Feb. 17, or contact Michael Parker at 404.727.1154.

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