Panelists to discuss Emancipation Proclamation April 1

Jeffrey Blom, Priya Lal and Sasha Turner
From left: Jeffrey Blom, Priya Lal and Sasha Turner

An expert panel will discuss the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation from an international perspective at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Panelists include:

  • Jeffrey Blom, founder and president of the Global Sentry Group, a non-profit organization that works to reduce the demand for trafficked persons by targeting those who exploit the victims by identifying, mapping and dismantling their networks. Blom, a former law enforcement professional, is an international human trafficking expert who conducts undercover investigations in developing countries. He will discuss the human trafficking industry, rescues he has conducted and the prevalence of slavery today.
  • Priya Lal, an assistant professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences who specializes in 20th century Africa. She will discuss contemporary debates about the history and legacies of slavery and emancipation.
  • Sasha Turner, an assistant professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences who specializes in the Caribbean, slavery, women, gender and sexuality and Atlantic World and African diaspora. Turner will discuss the transnational connections between the British abolitionist movement as the origins of humanitarian activism against slavery, and the limitations of emancipation, particularly as it pertains to women, in the Caribbean.

The Albert Schweitzer Institute, and the Office of Community Service are sponsoring this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 203-582-8652.