Lecture: “Pushing The Boundaries Of Freedom”

November 9, 2020

The National Museum of Bermuda [NMB] will be hosting a free Zoom lecture “Pushing the Boundaries of Freedom” presented by Dr. Kristy Warren on Wednesday, November 18th at 5:30pm.

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“Dr. Warren is a Bermudian scholar who resides in the UK and is working with the University of Leicester, School of History, Politics and International Relations, Post-Doctorate,” a spokesperson said.

“She researches the socio-political history of British colonialism in Bermuda and the wider Caribbean along with the lingering legacies of this past in the region and wider diaspora. She is interested in exploring how colonialism continues to inform current institutional processes and the role Caribbean people have played and continue to play in bringing about systemic change.

“In “Pushing the Boundaries of Freedom”, Dr. Warren will explore the ways in which enslaved and formerly enslaved people in Bermuda resisted their enslavement, asserted their humanity and pushed the boundaries of freedom before and after emancipation.

“To enhance the lecture, NMB will provide a free syllabus – to all who register, as well as on the NMB website – which includes a number of questions to consider before, during, and after the lecture as well as additional reading material and video resources so that participants can dive deeper into the content.”

When asked about the lecture, NMB Executive Director Elena Strong said, “At the National Museum of Bermuda, we believe that learning history is fundamental. It not only provides context for contemporary issues and challenges, it nurtures empathy, provides understanding of divergent perspectives, and builds critical thinking skills. Our free public lecture series is just one way we aim to make learning history equitable, accessible, and engaging.”

This lecture is part of the Museum’s multi-part “Bermuda and the Atlantic World” series which reframes Bermuda history within a larger Atlantic World context. Bermuda has links with Latin and North America, the Caribbean, Africa, UK and Europe. The series uncovers these cultural, familial, and social links and the global forces throughout the Atlantic World that helped shape Bermuda as we know it today.

The first lecture began Bermuda’s story in 1250, examining the historical context that put Bermuda on the map. The second lecture, from 1609 to 1800, focused on the early settlement and economic growth of the Island. Both lectures by Dr. Clarence Maxwell are available online.

The next lecture in the series will take Bermuda’s story through the nineteenth century to present day and will be presented by Dr. Theodore Francis, Assistant Professor of History, Huston-Tillotson University. Time and date will be forthcoming.

NMB asks the public to register for the lecture by visiting here and clicking on “Lecture 3”. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom login details and a link to the lecture’s pre-reading materials.

For questions, please email NMB Director of Learning & Engagement Lisa Howie at education@nmb.bm.

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