A Funny Thing Happens When We Talk About Slavery and What We Can Do About It

Join us for a talk by Azie Dungey, creator of the satirical web series Ask a Slave and writer for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In our current socio-political climate, subjects of American history are often used as ammunition in an ongoing culture war and slavery may be the biggest bomb. How do we break through the anger, guilt, and resistance we are often faced with when discussing this divisive subject? What is the difference between nostalgia and history, and how do we make sure to separate the two? This presentation will critically examine how museums, educators, public historians, journalists, and everyday citizens concerned about racial justice can more effectively confront the subject of American chattel slavery.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center - Building A (CMA), 2.306
2504A WHITIS AVE , Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, World & Culture, Diversity & Social Justice


Moody College of Communication

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public





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Eileen F Keely

Eileen F Keely left a review 11/29/2017

I had to walk out when Azie Dungey informed the audience that Irish slavery was a myth. What an insult to Irish people and their ancestors. She needs to do some serious research on Irish history specifically, and the history of world-wide slavery in general, from legitimate sources, and not believe everything she reads on the internet.