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OI Author Conversation with Sara E. Johnson and Ada Ferrer

March 6, 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Join OI author Sara E. Johnson in conversation with Ada Ferrer ONLINE as they discuss Johnson’s new book, Encyclopédie Noire: The Making of Moreau de Saint-Méry’s Intellectual World (Omohundro Institute/University of North Carolina Press, 2023).

Johnson and Ferrer will discuss experimental writing methods in historiography, the idea of communal biography, and stories about the enslaved and free women and men of color who made Moreau’s work as a canonical scholar, printer and diplomat possible.






Sara E. Johnson is Professor of Literature of the Americas and Co-Director of the Black Studies Project at the University of California, San Diego. She is also the author of The Fear of French Negroes: Transcolonial Collaboration in the Revolutionary Americas (University of California Press, 2012), and co-editor of Una ventana a Cuba y los Estudios cubanos (Ediciones Callejon, 2010), and Kaiso! Writings by and about Katherine Dunham (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006).  She served on the OI Council from 2019-2023.



Ada Ferrer is Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. She is the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Cuba: An American History (Scribner, 2021), which also won the Los Angeles Book Prize for History. Her book, Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution(Cambridge UP, 2014) won the Frederick Douglass Prize from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History for the best book on slavery, abolition, and resistance, as well as multiple prizes from the American Historical Association. With Edouard Duval-Carrié, she co-curated the contemporary art exhibit Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom. She is currently at work on a book about Aponte, his rebellion, and his missing book of paintings, and on a family memoir focused on revolution and migration.