Ideas, issues, and intellectual work are the foci of Barrett’s fall Honors Lecture Series

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October 29, 2020

Barrett, The Honors College’s fall Honors Lecture Series will feature talks focusing on the Holocaust and slavery in 18th century South America. 

“A Warning from History: Lessons from Nazi Germany & the Holocaust for the 21st Century” is the title of a lecture by Dr. John Cox, director for the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies at University of North Carolina Charlotte, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., Friday, October 30 via Zoom. Get the Zoom link here.

The Honors Lecture Series debuted in 2004 as a way to highlight the intellectual and academic work by faculty from Barrett Honors College and scholars from many fields across the nation. All lectures are free and open to the public. 

“The Honors Lecture Series provides a great forum for researchers to share their expertise, while students and community members can gain new insight into important issues and ideas to strengthen their knowledge of a great variety of topics,” said Barrett Vice Dean Nicola Foote.

Cox directs the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies at UNCC. Before coming to UNCC in 2011, he founded and directed a genocide and human rights-studies center at Florida Gulf Coast University. Cox earned his Ph.D. in History at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. 

Cox has written and lectured widely on racism and genocide, human rights, and resistance to Nazism and other oppressive systems. He is the author of a book on modern genocide and racism, To Kill a People: Genocide in the 20th Century


Barrett, The Honors College will present another Honors Lecture Series event next month. 

“Testimonies of the Enslaved: Afro-Descendants in 18th Century Barbacoas and Guayaquil as histories of the Afro-Andes” with Dr. Sherwin K. Bryant, associate professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University, is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19 via Zoom. Get the Zoom link here.

Dr. Bryant earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library, the Newberry Library, and the Alice Berlin Kaplan Center for the Humanities at Northwestern University and has been both a Fulbright and Ford Fellow. He teaches courses on the histories of colonial Latin America, the Early Modern African Diaspora, comparative slavery, and the politics of Afro-Latin America since 1800.

As a historian of colonial Afro-Latin America and the Atlantic/Pacific Worlds, Bryant works at the intersections of cultural, legal, social history and political economy, with an emphasis upon Black life in the Kingdoms of New Granada and Quito (what is now modern Colombia and Ecuador). He is the author of Rivers of Gold, Lives of Bondage: Governing through Slavery in Colonial Quito, a book that offers the first serious treatment in English of slavery and slave life in colonial Quito.