Heard on Campus: Gabeba Baderoon on the Legacy of Slavery in S. Africa

"If you walked in the streets in 18th or 19th century Cape Town, and you looked at the people in the street, you would not be able to tell by skin color who was a slave owner and who was a slave. There was heavy regulation about what clothing slaves could wear, whether they could congregate in larger numbers than two or three at a time, whether they could travel at night without carrying a pass or carrying a lantern. They were never able to travel at night without being lighted in some way. This is the legacy that lingers with us, even during the post-apartheid period."

--Gabeba Baderoon, Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African and African American Studies.

Baderoon hosted the third Research Unplugged conversation of the fall season on Wednesday, October 28. She discussed "Islam in Africa: How Gender, Race and Slavery Shaped Muslim Life in South Africa" with a full house of colleagues and community members in the gallery of Penn State's Downtown Theatre. A full podcast of the event will be available on iTunesU and the Research|Penn State Web site at http://www.rps.psu.edu/ on Monday, Nov. 2.

Research Unplugged is an informal lecture series hosted by Penn State's Office of Research Publications and held at noon Wednesdays in Penn State's Downtown Theatre Center. The afternoon begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open floor for questions, comments and discussion. The event is free to the public. Complimentary coffee and light refreshments are served. For information, visit http://www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010