Monday, April 3, 2017

Second Annual Michael Mizell-Nelson Lecture Set for April 10


Walter HawthorneWalter Hawthorne

Walter Hawthorne, professor of history at Michigan State University, will speak on “New Directions in Digital Public History: Africa and the Atlantic World” on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the University of New Orleans Homer L. Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center. The discussion will explore the ways in which digital tools are shedding new light on the history of Africa and people of African descent in the Americas. Hawthorne’s address is the second in an annual series of lectures generously endowed by the family of the late Michael Mizell-Nelson, UNO’s pioneering public and digital historian. The event is co-sponsored by the UNO Department of History and Philosophy.

A noted historian of the Atlantic slave trade, Hawthorne has extensive experience producing digital and public scholarship. Among his projects are a collaboration with Gwendolyn Midlo Hall on the NEH-funded “Slave Biographies: The Atlantic Database Network,” a British Library-sponsored archival digitization effort in The Gambia, and a new multimedia project examining the history and practice of Islam in West Africa. Hawthorne is affiliated with MATRIX, MSU’s acclaimed Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences.

Prior to Hawthorne’s talk, the official ribbon cutting for the Michael Mizell-Nelson Digital History Lab—a new facility focused on expanding the use of digital technologies for historical research, teaching, professional development and outreach—will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 196 of the UNO Liberal Arts Building.

A reception will follow the talk. The event will also be streamed on the internet via the “UNO Live Events” YouTube channel.

For more information contact Robert Dupont, chair of the UNO Department of History and Philosophy, at or 504.280.6611.