Law Connection – September 5, 2018

Associate Professor Geoffrey HeerenValparaiso University Professorial Lectures

Thursday, September 20, 3:30 p.m., Alumni Room, Harre Union

Professor Geoffrey Heeren
Crimmigration in Gangland: Race, Crime, and Removal During the Prohibition Era

Justice Robert D. Rucker Lecture

Thursday, September 27, 4 p.m., Benson Classroom

Vice Dean and Professor of Law Karen E. Bravo
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law


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Black Interest in Slaveries

In the last two decades, the world woke up to the persistence of the traffic in human persons, a severe form of human exploitation. The use of “slavery” to designate the traffic, and other severe forms of contemporary exploitation evokes and invokes the 400-year-long traffic of Africans across the Atlantic and their enslavement in the New World. However, the voices of Diasporic Blacks are often absent in these debates. Instead, the implicit and explicit invocations of comparisons to the enslavement of the ancestors of Diasporic Blacks are used to further a superficial understanding of contemporary forms of exploitation and limited efforts to prevent or eradicate them.

In this lecture, Vice Dean Bravo will explore Black interests in slaveries past, present, and future, including uses of the term in the context of the discourse on human trafficking. The interests vary depending on the temporal period: the Past (understanding historic slavery); the Present (identifying and dealing with legacies of historic slavery); and the Future (disrupting the legacy).