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CONFERENCE AT UVI TO EXAMINE DANISH SLAVE TRADE

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Jan. 14, 2003 – The 15th annual conference of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, on the St. Croix Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.
Co-sponsored by UVI's Social Science Division and the society, the conference's theme is "Negotiating Enslavement: Black Enterprise in the Era of the Danish Slave Trade." It will be held at the campus cafetorium from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Notable historians will speak on related topics. Recognized Danish West Indies scholars Per Nielsen and Poul Olsen will travel from Denmark to make presentations. Olsen will lecture on the topic "African Returns from St. Croix in the 18th Century" and Nielsen, on "Enslaved Africans in Denmark and the Quest For Freedom."
Svend Holsoe, another noted Danish West Indies scholar and professor emeritus of the University of Delaware, will lecture on the topic "Enslavement: A Women's Network in Christiansted."
Other presentations will be made by renowned Virgin Islands historians. Arnold Highfield will lecture on "Mingo Gesu: 18th Century Entrepreneur and Missionary in St. Thomas;" Myron Jackson, on "The Jackson Family of St. Croix and St. Thomas;" and David Knight, on "From Slave to Planter: George Francis of St. John."
The conference is free and open to the community.
For more information call the society's president, Matt Rodina, at 773-4669. Highfield, UVI professor of Linguistics and Social Sciences, will take the post of president of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians in February.

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