AIA/LIS Lecture: Unsettling the Past: Material Reality of Long Island Slavery, Race and Labor

Popular narratives about long Island’s past often sanitize its intimate history with slavery and often include terms of “benevolent masters’ and “faithful servants”.  Other narratives elide the contributions of people of color entirely, leaving significant paucity in Long Island’s history and heritage. Bradley D. Phillippi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director: Center for Public Archaeology at Hofstra University, examines the Long Island’s experience with local slavery including excavations at Thompson House in Setauket.  He will discuss the archaeological record to insert the lives and labors of people of color into local history and challenges the belief that Northern slavery was anything other than a dehumanizing and callous system of coercive labor.

The Archaeological Institute of America is dedicated to the protection of the world’s cultural heritage through the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication. A nonprofit cultural and educational organization, the AIA is the oldest and largest archaeological institution in the United States. AIA/LIS monthly lectures offer members and the public opportunities to learn the latest developments from archaeologists and related professionals.

Dr. Lorenzo Nigro, Professor of Near Eastern and Phoenician Archaeology, Sapienza University of Rome, who was originally scheduled to speak at this lecture will be rescheduled for a future date.


Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 105 Breslin Hall, South Campus


Admission to each lecture is $10 for the general public (unless otherwise indicated) and free for AIA/LIS members or with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard.

The entire series is co-sponsored by Hofstra’s Department of Anthropology and the Hofstra Cultural Center.

For more information, please contact Jesse Taub, AIA/LIS vice president for activities, at 631-420-1564.


Sunday, November 12, 2017





Breslin Hall
Breslin Hall
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Jesse Taub
Phone: 631-420-1564

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