While it’s hard to pick our favorite lectures from among so many, here are six that introduce surprising perspectives and offer context to some of this year’s top news events.
1. Jared Hardesty On How New England Was Built By The Slave Trade
Over the last 25 years, increased access to numerous historic collections from the slave trade has spurred a new era of scholarship on U.S. slavery, according to Jared Hardesty, associate professor of history at Western Washington University. In his book “Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History Of Slavery In New England,” Hardesty explains how New England was built on earnings and supported by the the slave trade.