Women's History Month Lecture Featuring Dr. Erika Edwards

April 5, 2023
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Every year the Baylor University Department of History brings leading historians to campus to present a lecture in celebration of Women’s History Month. This year with support from the College of Arts & Sciences DEI committee, we are honored to  present Dr. Erika Denise Edwards, Associate Professor of Latin American History at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The lecture will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19, in Room 240 of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and  Innovation. It is free and open to the public.

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Dr. Erika Edwards Associate Professor University of Texas
El Paso

Titled after her award-winning book, Dr. Edwards’ lecture, “Hiding in Plain Sight: Black Women, the Law and the Making of a White  Argentine Republic,” will focus on manumission and the origins of  Black invisibility” in Argentina. Her research examines the origins of  anti- blackness in the South American country between the eighteenth  and nineteenth centuries, centering the experiences of African-descended women and showing how they negotiated their inclusion in society as they learned the contours of whiteness. 

Her book, Hiding in Plain Sight, was awarded the Association of Black Women Historians Prize, the Letitia Woods-Brown Award for the best  book in African American Women’s History, and the Western Association of Women Historians Barbara "Penny" Kanner Award. It was also a finalist for the Harriet Tubman Book Prize and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Book Prize.

Dr. Edwards is a historian of Latin America and the Atlantic World. She has published extensively on the topics of race, slavery and abolition, manumission, and gender relations. She presented her work in conferences in the United States and abroad, discussing topics such as desegregation in the university in Argentina, motherhood, and Black women’s use of the law to fight for their freedom. Dr. Edwards’ work on public history is also noteworthy. She has written for newspapers  such as The Washington Post, and given interviews to multiple venues, including The Guardian and the World Bank. Her research has received the support of multiple institutions including the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Association, and the American Association of University Women.

Please join us at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 19, in Room 240 to hear Dr. Edwards!
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