Posted on February 22, 2010 by Dylan Anderson

Robin Galenza speaks to third-year History student Chantelle Olson about her presentation on slavery and the British Empire.

By Robin Galenza –

On Monday, February 22nd, Associate History Professor Rani Palo and third-year student Chantelle Olson will be speaking about slavery and the British Empire.

Professor Rani Palo will inform students, faculty and staff of the history surrounding the British Empire and the Slave Trade. His overview will set the stage for third-year student Chantelle Olson to speak about the specifics of the time period.

Olson will concentrate on certain key figures in the abolition of slavery, and later the emancipation of slaves, under the British Empire. She looks at figures like William Wilberforce, a British MP who fought to end slavery, and Thomas Clarkson, an abolitionist who helped formed the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. These key historical figures helped change the world forever by putting in place the Emancipation Act of 1833.

“When people think of slaves they think of America, but it is the British who put slaves in America,” Olson says. Her passion for history and historical figures is what lead to her participation in the colloquium. This lecture is another event created for this year’s school theme of dissent.

“As a historian, we see dissent all over the place. Every change in history is brought on by a person challenging the status quo,” Olson adds. “People should not be entrusting to the wave of popular opinion.”

Olson encourages all students to come out to the lecture and to engage in the subject matter.

“I think it is part of the student experience. We have courses to take, work to do, friends to spend time with and parties to go to. We are at a point in our lives where we are trying to figure things out. [These lectures] allow us to be informed,” she adds. “Not everyone will be a philosopher but you have the chance to find out.”

The Colloquium will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Classroom building in room C014, on Monday, February 22nd. All are welcome to attend the lecture and to learn more about the topic.


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