TODAY: Selwyn R. Cudjoe on “William Hardin Burnley: The Slave Master of Trinidad”


If you are in the area, the History Department at Marist College will host a lecture by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe (Wellesley College) on topics from his latest book, William Hardin Burnley: The Slave Master of Trinidad (2018). The talk will take place TODAY, February 25, 2019, at 5:30pm, at Fusco Hall (MU 3201), Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York). Dr. Cudjoe’s book will be available to purchase at the event.


Description: The talk will explore the life and legacy of William Hardin Burnley, the largest slave owner in Trinidad during the nineteenth century. Born in the United States to English parents, Burnley settled on the island in 1802 and became one of its most influential citizens and a prominent agent of the British Empire. As a central figure among elite and moneyed transnational slave owners, Burnley moved easily through the Atlantic world of the Caribbean, the United States, Great Britain, and Europe. This lecture will examine Burnley’s life as it relates to his activities in these countries especially particularly his relationship to the United States.

This event has been generously sponsored by the Academic Lecture Series, the World Affairs Council of the Mid Hudson Valley, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, and the School of Liberal Arts.

For more information, you may contact Dr. Shantel George at

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