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Internationally renowned expert on slavery to speak at University

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Issued:15/04/08

The UK's leading expert on the slave trade will be speaking at Sheffield Hallam University later this month.

Professor David Robinson, from the University of Hull, will be delivering a Royal Historical Society Lecture, entitled Cultures of Exchange: Atlantic Africa in the era of the slave trade, on Friday 25 April.

 Internationally renowned for his expertise on slavery and emancipation the professor has spoken all over the world and regularly lectures at two of the top American universities Harvard and Yale.

 Professor Robinson is also director of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE).It is Britain's first specialist institute for the study of historic and contemporary slavery and emancipation.

 Speaking about the centre, which opened in 2006, Professor Robinson said: "Slavery now, as in the past, denies people their identity. WISE is about rescuing people from enforced anonymity and recognising their achievements and

 Professor Robinson will be at Sheffield Hallam University's City Campus, Owen Building, Room 1029, on Friday 25 April at 1pm. The lecture is free and all are welcome.

 Notes to news editors: The Royal Historical Society was founded in 1868 and remains the foremost society in Great Britain promoting and defending the scholarly study of the past. 

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