Author Archives: Laurie Godwin

Prof. Laurent Dubois to lecture on the banjo’s roots

The Atlantic World History program at East Carolina University is proud to present Professor Laurent Dubois of Duke University, who will deliver a public lecture entitled “The Banjo: Roots and Routes” on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 5pm, in Brewster B-102. Dr Laurent Dubois is the Marcello Lotti Professor of History and Romance Studies at Duke University. He is a world-renowned expert on the Haitian Revolution, the French Empire, and the Enlightenment in a global perspective. His most recent manuscript, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, (featured in the New York Times Review of Books) studies independent Haiti and focuses on the historical roots of contemporary society. Professor Dubois is also the co-founder of the Haiti Lab at Duke University. Read more


Kennetta Perry Fellowship

The Atlantic World History program is pleased to announce that our very own Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry was awarded a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to support the completion of her book project tentatively titled London is the Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Belonging. The project is an extension of her dissertation work on trans-Atlantic Caribbean migration, race and citizenship in postwar Britain. Dr. Perry will spend the fellowship year researching and revising her manuscript in affiliation with the Institute of Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more details on Dr. Perry’s project click here.

New Atlantic World Faculty: Julia Gaffield

The Atlantic World History program is pleased to welcome Julia Gaffield,  a recent graduate of the Department of History at Duke University. Dr Gaffield will be teaching the Atlantic World History Capstone Seminar while Dr Kennetta Perry takes up a prestigious ACLS fellowship. Dr Gaffield’s dissertation studies the early independence period in Haiti and seeks to understand the diverse relationships that state leaders in Haiti held with the international community. In April 2010 she received international media attention for her archival discovery of the only known extant government-issued copy of the Haitian Declaration of Independence. This document is part of a larger story of international communication and negotiation in the early years of Haiti’s independence. Read more