Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:00 pm.   Mark Auslander book reading at the Toco Hills Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30033 (Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book)

Previous Events (2012)

June 4 at 6;00 pm. Mark Auslander book reading. Ellensburg Genealogical Society. Reed Building.

April 24 at 4:00 pm. “Those Who Once were Men: Witchcraft, Labor Alienation, and the Challenges of Primate Conservation in Contemporary Africa Mark Auslander lectures at  Central Washington University, Dean Hall 104.

April 6 at 4:00 pm. Mark Auslander on traumatic historical reenactment, Dept. of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. McKinney Hall, 229

April 7 at 2:00 p.m. Mark Auslander presents on research methods in slavery research, Gender, Race, Culture, History Workshop. The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (Susan Campbell Hall)

Saturday, April 21, 2012. 9:00 a.m. Mark Auslander Plenary Speaker at the Alliance for Truth and Racial Reconciliation (ATRR) gathering, in Newnan Georgia. Train Depot Museum.

Thursday, March 22. 6:00 p.m. Reading at the Museum of African American History/African Meeting, Boston, MA.

Tuesday, March 27. Mark Auslander presents in the African Studies Workshop, University of Chicago: "Ancestral Futures: Divining the Dead in Contemporary Southern African Art"  (6:00 pm at Wilder House)

Tuesday, March 20.1:00 p.m.  Lecture (on contemporary South African Art) at the Center for the Study of World Religion, 42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge MA (Harvard University

Monday, March 12.  Talk:Quilting Memory, Re-wrapping Slavery: Art, Kinship and Historical Consciousness in a Georgia Community”.  Center for Heritage Studies/Department of Anthropology UMass-Amherst. Machmer E37 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13.  Reading and signing at Department of Anthropology, Mt. Holyoke College.305 Kendade Hall/.  4:30 pm.

Monday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 pm. Reading and signing at Agnes Scott College. Decatur, GA : Alston Campus Center Luchsinger Lounge

Friday, Feb. 10.  5:00 p.m.  Mark Auslander speaks at  Martin Luther King Jr Community Center in Erie, PA.

Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm.  Reading and signing at Eagle Harbor Books. Bainbridge Island, WA.

Thursday January 12. 6:00 pm. Mark Auslander delivers the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. address, “We are Still Marching,”  at Central Washington University.

Saturday, February 4, 2012 Search For Meaning: Pacific Northwest Spirituality Book Festival. (School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University, Seattle, WA)  Mark Auslander presents.

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Sunday, Feb. 5.  Mark Auslander speaks at First United Methodist Church, Seattle, WA.

Thursday, Feb. 9. 7:00 pm . Slavery and Liberation in African American Family History: Transforming Community through Service Learning.” Lecture by Mark Auslander, at Gannon University. Erie PA. Followed by book signing.

Previous Events (2011)

Thursday, December 1. 3:30 pm. Mark Auslander speaks on panel, Justice Seeking in the United States, for the conference, Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence. Brandeis University. Rapapore Treasure Hall.


Wednesday, December 7 at 11:00 am. Emory University convocation in Glenn Memorial Chapel honors 175 “history makers,” including Miss Kitty/Catherine Boyd.

3:00 p.m. Talking circle on “Unraveling Miss Kitty’s Cloak”. Auburn Avenue Research LIbrary, Atlanta, GA.

"Unraveling Miss Kitty's Cloak: A Talking Circle"

Join us for a community discussion of the quilted work of art, "Unraveling Miss Kitty's Cloak" at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American History and Culture, on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.  This complex textile work, incorporating scores of African American family photographs, was developed by the congregation of Grace United Methodist Church (Covington, GA) in concert with artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier to "welcome home" the descendants of Miss Kitty/Catherine Boyd, one of the most prominent enslaved persons in Georgia's history.  Building on the research of anthropologist Mark Auslander (author of the recently published book, "The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family") the quilt evokes the intertwined histories of African American families associated with Emory University and local faith communities, from the time of slavery onwards.

Our discussion occurs on the same day that Emory University celebrates its 175th anniversary, and honors Catherine "Miss Kitty" Boyd as one of its 175 key 'history makers.'  We also commemorate the 170th anniversary of the December 4, 1841 enigmatic interview between Miss Kitty and Emory faculty members, in which Miss Kitty was offered a choice between colonization in Liberia and remaining enslaved in Georgia.

Members of the talking circle include:

Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier (artist)

Mark Auslander (author of The Accidental Slaveowner)

Cynthia and Darcel Caldwell (great great great grand-daughters of Catherine Boyd)

Grace United Methodist Church history committee members (Emma Horne, Louisa Adams, J.P Godfrey, Jr.)

Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m. Mark Auslander lectures:  "In Slavery's Shadows: Art, Community Building and Interracial Reconciliation" Central on Stage at Raw Space. 117 East 4th Ave, Ellensburg, WA.

Monday, November 21.  9:20 am.  Mark Auslander interview on KUOW-Seattle, on “Weekday” (listen to live stream on  See:

7:00 p.m. Book reading and signing. University bookstore, U District Store: 4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Friday, November 18 at 4:00 pm. Mark Auslanders‘ paper : “Discovering the Lyncher Inside of Us: Traversing Racial Boundaries in Traumatic Historical Reenactment. “ In the panel, Ancestral Modernities: Encountering the Dead across Epistemological Borders American Anthropological Association meetings, Montreal, Quebec, Montreal Convention Center 518B

Wednesday, November 9. 3:30 pm. Reading and signing at University of Washington-Bothell campus. LB1-205.

Thursday, November 10, 2011.  5:00 p.m. Presentation, reading and signing by Mark Auslander. Department of African American Studies, Boston University. Talk location: CAS 226, at 725 Commonwealth Avenue.

Friday, November 11, 2011.  4:00 p.m. Presentation, reading and signing by Mark Auslander. Mandel Humanities Center Atrium. Brandeis University. 11th annual Saler lecture in religious studies:   “In Slavery’s Shadows: Paradoxes of Religion, Race and Art.”

Sunday, October 30, 2011 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Mark Auslander presents on the panel, “SLAVES ON CAMPUS:  SLAVERY’S SIGNIFICANCE AND LEGACY AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING” at the Southern Historical Association meetings, in Baltimore, MD.

Saturday, October 29. 5:00-7:00 p.m. Mark Auslander: Reading and signing at Busboys and Poets.  5th and K streets, NW. Washington D.C. (Countee Cullen room)

Friday, October 28. 12 noon. Presentation on The Accidental Slaveowner at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 

4:00 pm.  Mark Auslander lectures on the early African American history of the Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of Natural History.  Baird Auditorium.

Thursday, October 27.  3:30 p.m. Book reading and signing at the Bull’s Head Bookstore. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, October 25 at 12:00 p.m.  Lunch discussion at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

1:30-2:30 pm.  Book reading with The Ponderers book group. Wesley Woods, Atlanta, GA.

4:00 p.m Reading and signing by Mark Auslander. Oxford College Barnes & Noble bookstore.

7:00 p.m.  Book discussion with Mark Auslander and artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier. The Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, GA.

Wednesday, October 26.  12 noon.  Reading and signing at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library, Selma, Alabama.

4:30 p.m. Presentation at the Summersell Center for the Study of the South,  324 Lloyd Hall, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Sunday, October 23, 2011.  11:00 a.m Worship service at Grace United Methodist Church,  Covington, GA.  Sermon delivered by Mark Auslander: “The Abilities of ‘Disability’”.

2:00 pm.  Dedication of new headstone to Catherine Boyd “Miss Kitty” in Oxford city cemetery. Oxford, Georgia.

4:00 p.m. Reading and signing by Mark Auslander, Bethlehem House (Emory and Usher streets) Covington, GA

Monday, October 24, 2011 at 10:30 am.  Major Room of Bowden Hall, History Department, Emory University.Architectures of Race: Space, Power and Difference in Emory's History".  Mark Auslander discusses the spatial organization of race and power on successive Emory campuses, at Oxford and Druid Hills, as well at Grady Memorial Hospital.  How, historically, have racialized hierarchies been naturalized and reproduced through architectural forms, and how in turn, have those spatial structures at times rendered those hierarchies subject to critical interrogation?

4:00 pm. Reading and signing by Mark Auslander, Jones Room of Woodruff Library, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Includes discussion of possible memorial to enslaved persons associated with Emory. Co sponsors:  Office of Community and Diversity;Manuscripts Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL); The President’s Commission Race and Ethnicity.

Monday, October 17. 4:30 p.m. Mark Auslander reading and signing. Museum of Culture and Environment, Dean Hall. Central Washington University. Ellensburg, WA

Monday, October 3. 3:30 p.m. Mark Auslander, Anthropology Department seminar, University of Chicago. “Give me back my Children!”:Traumatic Reenactment and Tenuous Democratic Public Spheres"

Monday, September 12.  4:00 p.m.  “Quilting Memory, Re-Wrapping Slavery: Art, Kinship and Historical Consciousness in a Georgia Community”  Department of Anthropology Colloquium,  Art Gallery, Tufts University, Medford, MA. Respondent: Dr. Christina Sharpe.  Followed by book signing of The Accidental Slaveowner

Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 pm. Mark Auslander reading at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust, Philadelphia. In collaboration with Robin’s Bookstore.Moonstone Art Center. 

7:30 -9:00 pm.  Mark Auslander book reading at Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church, 4th & New Sts. Philadelphia, PA.  Free. Refreshments.

Tuesday, September 6 1:30-3:30. Mark Auslander book signing. Smithsonian National Museum of  American History. Museum Bookstore (Washington DC).

4:00 p.m. Mark Auslander: Colloquium at the National Museum of American History, east conference room.

Friday, Sept 2.   7:30 p.m. Book party in Athens, Georgia, at the home of Judge Susan Tate, Athens Georgia 140 River Oak Way, Athens, GA 30605..

Sunday, Sept. 4.  Author Mark Auslander will sign copies of The Accidental Slaveowner following Homecoming Worship service at Grace United Methodist Church  at 3145 Washington St Covington, GA 30014.  (Signing from 12:30-2:00 p.m.)

April 6, 2011.  Dr. Auslander lectures on the story of Miss Kitty and her descendants at Georgia Perimeter College (Newton County)

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.  Mark Auslander speaks at Haverford College (Sharpless Auditorium). “The Most Interesting Building in Georgia”: Slave Quarters and the Political Architecture of the Uncanny” (Dr. Auslander discusses the history of the building known as “Kitty’s Cottage”)   Details at:

February 2, 2011.   Mark Auslander lectures on Miss Kitty and the search for her descendants. Oxford College of Emory University (Oxford, Georgia).  7:00  p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.

February 3-6, 2011.  Conference on “Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies”. Emory University.  (Emory Conference Center) Atlanta, Georgia

Saturday, Feb 5, 2011.   12 noon in Emory Conference Center. In the plenary lunch panel on memorialization and slavery, Lynn Marshall Linnemeier discusses her community art project, “Unraveling Miss Kitty’s Cloak.”

Saturday, Feb 5, 2011. 2:15 p.m. in Emory Conference. In the panel on Researching slavery at Emory and Brown Universities, Mark Auslander speaks on “The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting Emory College’s Founding Mythologies.”

Sunday, February 6, 2011.  A Day of Reflection and Celebration: Remembering African American Families in Newton County.
• 11:00 a.m. Worship service at Grace United Methodist Church, 3145 Washington Street Southwest. Covington, GA 30014-2362. Honoring descendants of Miss Kitty and other enslaved families in Newton County, Georgia.
• 2:30 p.m. A Talking Circle of Remembrance.  In Old Church (Oxford, Georgia) descendants of enslaved and slaveowning families, as well as members of the Emory University community, reflect on a challenging shared history.Installation of Lynn Marshall Linnemeier’s art project, “Unraveling Miss Kitty’s Cloak”
• 4:00 p.m. Wreath laying in the Oxford City Cemetery, in loving remembrance of Miss Kitty Catherine Boyd and all African American foreparents.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Mark Auslander interviewed on Jamaican national radio’s “Talking History” (Host: Professor Verene Shepherd) about Emory’s statement of ‘regret’ on slavery and his forthcoming book, “The Accidental Slaveowner.”

October 18, 2010.  Lecture of by Mark Auslander,”Slavery and Its Legacies at Emory University: Reflections on History and Accountability”, sponsored by the President’s Commission on Race and Ethnicity. Jones Room, Woodruff Library, Emory University.  The lecture is on line at:

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