(Posted March 8, 2004)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- David Sowell, professor of history at Juniata College, will discuss a variety of demographic features of America?s slave population up until the Emancipation Proclamation in a talk, ?The Problems of Slavery Studies Today: How Many? Where? The Numbers Game,? at 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 15 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sowell?s lecture will answer the question of how many people were enslaved out of Africa and where were slaves distributed once they reached American ports. The lecture also will demonstrate how and why slavery functioned as the backbone of America?s Atlantic economy for more than three centuries.

Sowell's research interests focus on the social history of Latin America, focusing mainly on labor history and the history of medicine. He has written two books exploring these topics, including ?The Tale of Healer Miguel Perdomo Neira: Healing, Ideologies, and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Andes (2001)? and ?The Early Colombian Labor Movement: Artisans and Politics in Bogotá, 1832-1919? (published in1992). He also is researching another book, ?A History of Social Violence in Latin America.?

Sowell joined the Juniata faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor of history. He was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and was promoted to full professor in 2001
From 1996 until 1999 Dr. Sowell served as assistant academic dean and director of international programs

Sowell received the Junior Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994. He earned an A.B. degree in history from Western Kentucky University in 1975, and a bachelor?s degree in history from Grand Valley State College in1976. He earned at master?s degree in 1980 and a doctorate in 1986, both from the University of Florida.

He is a member of the American Historical Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the Southeastern Conference of Latin American Studies and the Conference on Latin American History.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.