First Friday Meeting - "Labor, Identity, and the Body"

Friday, February 4, 2022 - 2:45pm to 4:15pm

337 Cohen Hall

Please join us for the first First Friday of the spring semester: February 4, 2:45 - 4:15 pm, in Cohen 337. Kim Bowes will lead a discussion on "Labor, Identity and the Body."

This First Friday will address evidence and bias in our study of ancient working people. Two major issues will be at the forefront: 1. what are the ethical issues attendant to using - and not using - human remains to understand the exigencies faced by working people and 2. how does labor and its impact on the body force us to confront intersectional issues between enslaved and free persons. Some debates in the Black socialist movement on the relationship between class and culture will be one point of discussion and if folks have a minute, they could read an interview with Penn professor emeritus Adolf Reed Jr. to get an overview. An opinion piece in the NY Times this week on quanitifying the Transatlantic slave trade is also important.

We hope to see many of you there!

Julia Wilker and Joe Farrell

--The First Fridays Planning Group