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Scott Poole       Lovecraft

Congratulations to Professor Scott Poole on the publication of new book, In the Mountains of Madness: The Extraordinary Life and Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft.

Christophe Boucher

Congratulations to Professor Christophe Boucher on the publication of Natives and New Encounters: Pre-Contact to 1677, Volume I in the series, Voices of Native American History.

Cara Delay

Congratulations to Professor Cara Delay on being named director of the CofC Women & Gender Studies program.

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Professor Bernard Powers was featured in A&E's Shining Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America (2015) and the documentary, The Black Atlantic,  as part of the PBS series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013). The Black Atlantic is episode one of the six-part series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as commentator. 

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Congratulations to Professor Timothy Coates on the 2014 publication of Convict Labor in the Portuguese Empire, 1740-1932, Redefining the Empire with Forced Labor and New Imperialism. Brill Publishers state 'This is a unique, first study of an experiment in convict labor in Africa directed by a European power; it will be welcomed by scholars of Africa and New Imperialism, as well as those interested in law and labor.' Professor Coates discusses his research:

"When I completed my first book, Convicts and Orphans in 2001, I began to wonder what happened to the punishment of exile in the Portuguese legal tradition. I had assumed that it ended around 1750 but it did not. It continued until 1932 and for its last 50 years or so (1880-1932) the transportation of Portuguese convicts was directed to Angola and Mozambique, where they served out their sentences performing labor for the state. The more I examined this, the more obvious it became that this fascinating chapter in Portugal's legal and colonial past had never been studied. I began the research on this book about 10 years ago and have been working on it since then as time allowed.  It involved several trips to Portugal to consult archives and a lot of inter-library loan requests to read the secondary literature. What I discovered was that penal reform in Portugal was not a straightforward process and was linked to sentences of time in one of the African colonies.  That is, time in prison (reflection and penitence) was followed by hard work (redemption). 

This labor became the primary means by which the Portuguese created the infrastructure in the colonies.  Convicts swept streets, worked with the army, worked at ports, built bridges, etc. They even were clerks in government offices and maids in homes in Luanda.  The system ended with the Great Depression of 1929 because it was too expensive.  This book is the first study in any language ever made of the process, and I am sure the Portuguese will be very keen on translating it for a Portuguese language edition as will the Angolans.  I was very pleased that Brill thought it was sufficiently important to include it in one of their series. It will be released in December. Taken with my previous two books on earlier periods, this means I have provided a 600 year sweeping view of the Portuguese legal tradition beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in 1932."

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