". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, October 1, 2015

It's Officially Published Today! The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

So far we're having an incredible experience, meeting up with old friends, getting to know newer friends better, and meeting brand new friends, all of whom are exciting, brilliant and filled with stimulating knowledge they are eager to share.

The Watson Institute Presents A Cuban Music Festival

Thursday, October 1

Recording session with musicians at the Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street, 11 a.m.

Ned Sublette presents: “El paquete, or, the present moment in Cuban music: a descarga.” Talk in Kim Koo Library, 4 p.m. Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

Festival Welcome Dinner hosted by Richard Snyder, The Dorrance (restaurant), 60 Dorrance Street, 6:30 p.m.

Afro-Cuban Rumba Party, 9 p.m. The Spot Underground, 180 Pine Street. Pedrito Martínez, Román Díaz, Philbert Armenteros, more.

Today is the pub date for The American Slave Coast!

And tomorrow (Oct. 2) at 5 p.m., Ned and Constance will hold the first of many author events for the book, also at Brown (what a great place to launch), at the Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.

Much more to come. 

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