Thomas Foster, professor and chair of the department of history, has been selected by competitive application as a participant in a weeklong multi-disciplinary seminar on Slave Narratives at Yale University.
One-third of applicants were invited to spend the week reading and discussing antebellum and postbellum slave narratives, including biographies, fiction, and autobiographies. Twenty-seven faculty members, including Foster, from fields such as history and English will participate.
The seminar, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Council of Independent Colleges, is open to full-time faculty and will be led by renowned scholar Dr. David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History at Yale. All expenses are covered by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Foster, a scholar of gender and sexuality in early America, is currently working on a book about manhood and sexuality under slavery in the U.S.