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Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar

In 2001, with the sponsorship of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Jane Landers and Sean Goudie, of the English Department, launched the Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar. In 2007, CASS launched the Black Atlantic SpeakersSeries to host some of the most renowned scholars in the field for Black History month.

Celso Castilho joined Landers as co-director in 2018-2020 and since 2020, Landers has co-directed the seminar with Daniel Genkins at Vanderbilt and Theron Course, of the Department of History, Geography, and Political Science at Tennessee State University.

CASS participants and invited guests discuss interdisciplinary work on the Atlantic World that links Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean and addresses diverse constituencies on campus.  The Circum-Atlantic Studies Seminar has received support from the Department of History, the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and LatinX Studies, the Department of African American & Diaspora Studies, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Culture Center, the Jean & Alexander Heard Library, and the Graduate School VU-EDGE Program.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Feb. 3: Black Atlantic History Lecture featuring Marjoleine Kars, Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Winner of the 2021 Cundill Prize and Co-Winner of the Fredrick Douglass Prize for Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast.

Location and time TBD