June 2012: Professor James Walvin inaugural EUROTAST lecture @ York University

June 2012: Professor James Walvin inaugural EUROTAST lecture @ York University

Emeritus Professor James Walvin, a leading scholar on the transatlantic slave trade, delivered a special public lecture for the EUROTAST launch at the Institute for Public Understanding of the past (IPUP), entitled Then and Now: Viewing the Transatlantic Slave Trade Over Forty Years. Professor Walvin spoke to a full auditorium, including EUROTAST fellows, York University and cultural sector representatives; describing his personal journey with this subject from a peripheral to essential aspect of historical discourse. He noted how his own research journey developed alongside decades of changing political and social mores, and positively reflected on the ways in which public awareness and sensitivity towards this challenging history has grown, in Britain and around the world.

At the end of his lecture, Professor Walvin was honoured for his achievements by long time friend and former student, lawyer Ian Bloom, with a historical memento of an old lecture poster that highlighted his longstanding commitment to this subject area.

© Photograph’s by Ian Martindale for EUROTAST

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