2012 Bennett Lecture Sheds New Light on Slave Trade

by Diane VanDyke

Katrina Browne

As part of Montgomery County Community College’s annual Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice, Producer/Director Katrina Browne will discuss the film, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” on Monday, Feb. 27, at 12:30 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, Room 214, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

In the PBS documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” Browne tells the story of her New England ancestors, one of the largest slave-trading families in the country. The film follows Browne and nine family members on a remarkable journey that brings them face-to-face with the real history of this unknown slave enterprise and dispels the myth that the South was solely responsible for slavery.

Browne is the executive director of the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery. Prior to launching this film, Browne served as Outreach Planning Coordinator for the film adaptation of Anna Deavere Smith’s play, “Twilight: Los Angeles.” Previously, she was a senior staff person and co-founder of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that operated in 21 cities.

Browne has an M.A. in Theology from the Pacific School of Religion, where she wrote a thesis on film and democratic dialogue.

The public is invited to attend this free presentation. For more information, go to www.mc3.edu/campusLife/artsCulture/speakers.aspx or call 215-641-6518.

For information about the presentation and discussion, visit www.tracesofthetrade.org.

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