This year's Schlueter Lecturer, Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director of Rare Book School and Professor of English at the University of Virginia, will also offer a brown bag talk in the Gendebien Room, Skillman Library, at noon on Wednesday, October 9.  Lunch will be provided.

When William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, and their colleagues on the London committee of the Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade first saw the original diagram depicting the stowage of human cargo on the slave-ship Brookes, they quickly acted to transform it for their particular political ends. Within weeks, a broadside engraving with a lengthy accompanying text had been delivered to every Member of Parliament and many other cultural elites across the land. The image soon became an icon, circulating in multiple forms not only in Britain, but also in Paris, Philadelphia, New York, Charleston, Newport and Providence, Rhode Island. More than any other product of the abolitionist press, the “Brookes” became a force for change. In a richly illustrated lecture, Michael Suarez will describe the circulation and uses of the “Brookes,” consider relationships between word and image, and discuss the reciprocal interactions between politics and print.