Life and Legacy of Pellom McDaniels III to be Featured at Decatur Book Festival

The Rose Library will host a virtual discussion about Pellom McDaniels III, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. The event will begin with the debut film screening of “Flash Here and There Like Falling Stars: The Life and Work of Dr. Pellom McDaniels III,” about his life, contributions, and work as curator of the Rose Library’s African American collections.

Following the film, current and former members of the Emory community who worked closely with McDaniels and were deeply informed by his vision and generosity will discuss his legacy and impact on multiple communities. Rose Library director Jennifer King will moderate the discussion with: Dwight Andrews, associate professor of music theory and African American music at Emory; Clint Fluker, assistant director of engagement and scholarship at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library; and Randall Burkett, retired curator of African American collections at the Rose Library. 

The free and online event is Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 2 – 3pm EDT. Please register here: Register for the online event.

Ernest Freeberg (PhD, 1995) Publishes ‘A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement’

A Traitor to His Species

Dr. Ernest Freeberg (PhD, 1995), Professor and Department Head in the History Department at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, recently published A Traitor to His Species: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement with Basic Books. Freeberg has authored three award-winning books. Read a summary of his newest below.

In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in streets that were dirty and dangerous to man and beast alike. As more people squeezed into crowded cities, their need for animals only grew—for energy and food, companionship and entertainment. At the same time, animals came to be associated with filth and disease and were often subject to cruel treatment and the worst abuses of human exploitation. The industrial city brought suffering, but it also inspired a compassion for animals that fueled a controversial anti-cruelty movement.

In A TRAITOR TO HIS SPECIES: Henry Bergh and the Birth of the Animal Rights Movement (Basic Books; September 22, 2020), award-winning historian Ernest Freeberg tells the fascinating story of the eccentric aristocrat who launched a then-shocking campaign to bring rights to animals. In 1866, Henry Bergh founded New York’s American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the nation’s first animal welfare organization, and successfully promoted an anticruelty law that paved the way for similar legislation across the country. Bergh and his corps of badge-wielding agents staged dramatic arrests and put abusers on trial, provoking public debate about our obligation to other species.

Lal Pens Op-Ed for ‘The Indian Express’

Dr. Ruby Lal, Professor of South Asian Studies and Associated Faculty in the History Department, recently wrote an op-ed for The Indian Express. The piece examines connections between the biographies of U.S. vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris and Mughal Empress Nur Jahan (1577-1645), the focus of Lal’s 2018 book Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan. Read an excerpt from the article below along with the full piece here: “There are parallels between the stories of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan & US vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.”

Although four hundred years apart, the life story of Senator Kamala Harris, vice-presidential nominee for the 2020 US election, and the Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, resonate deeply. Both leaders are daughters of migrants who went to new countries in search of a better future; both were raised by strong mothers in mixed ethnic and racial cosmopolitan communities. What connects them above all is experience-building, the slow work of accumulation of power — and their rise as strong and compassionate female leaders.