IU historian to speak on race, labor and armies

The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society‘s fall speaker series at Indiana University Bloomington continues this week with a talk by Michelle Moyd, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Moyd will speak Thursday, Oct. 15, on “Race, Labor and Armies of Empire in Africa and the United States, 1850-1918.” The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in the College Arts and Humanities Institute seminar room, 1211 E. Atwater Ave.

moyd_lgMoyd is a historian of eastern Africa with special interests in the region’s history of soldiering and warfare. She also is interim associate director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society

Her first book, “Violent Intermediaries: African Soldiers, Conquest, and Everyday Colonialism in German East Africa,” explores the social and cultural history of African soldiers in the colonial army of today’s Tanzania. Her current research includes an examination of the experience of African soldiers and workers in World War I and a study of the 1979 Kagera War between Tanzania and Uganda

The speaker series began last month with a talk by Stanford University historian Allyson Hobbs, author of “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life.”

Future talks in the series include:

  • “Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools” by Amanda Lewis, associate professor of African-American studies and sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The talk will be at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Bridgwaters Lounge of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.
  • “The Colored Insane: Mental Illness and 19th-Century American Life” by Diana Martha Louis, visiting assistant professor of African-American and African diaspora studies at IU Bloomington. She will speak at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Indiana Memorial Union Maple Room.

The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at IU Bloomington is an interdisciplinary academic center with a mission of promoting research on race and ethnicity, bringing together scholars across interdisciplinary units and training the next generation of scholars. Its speaker series feature Indiana University researchers and scholars as well as experts from other universities.

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