Eve Troutt Powell, Associate Professor of History, will discuss "Slaves in the nursery: Childhood and memories of slavery in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire". She will explore the memoirs of two women political activists for their remembrance of the enslaved men and women with whom they grew up.
Dr. Powell teaches the history of the modern Middle East. As a cultural historian, she emphasizes the exploration of literature and film in her courses. She is the author of "A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan", University of California Press, 2003, and the co-editor, with John Hunwick, of "The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam", Princeton Series on the Middle East (2002).
Dr. Powell received her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Penn, she taught for ten years at The University of Georgia. She has received fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt and the Social Science Research Council, and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2003 she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
The luncheon is at 11:45 A.M. on Thursday, January 28, 2010, in the Lenape Room of the University Club. More information.