Visiting Scholar, Brown University, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

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Meadow Dibble is a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Originally from Cape Cod, she lived for six years on Senegal’s Cape Verde peninsula, where she co-founded and published a cultural magazine. Meadow received her PhD from Brown University’s Department of French Studies and taught at Colby College from 2005–08.

Today, she is editor of The International Educator newspaper. In 2018, following a brutal awakening to the reality of her hometown’s deep investment in the business of slavery, she launched Atlantic Black Box, a public history initiative devoted to researching and reckoning with New England’s role in the slave trade.

Talks

The Diseased Ship: A Cautionary Tale About Our Nation’s Twin Plagues That Went Untold for Two Centuries 

This dramatic story features a prominent Yankee sea captain, a tragedy on the high seas, a viral outbreak, a major political cover up, and a conspiracy of silence that has lasted two centuries surrounding New England’s involvement in the slave trade.

Following these historical threads into the present day allows us to consider the ways in which our region’s repressed history of complicity with the business of slavery relates to our current national conversations about race, privilege, identity, and access to the “American dream.”


Hiding in Plain Sight: New England Complicity in the Global Slave Economy

New England has long repressed the memory of its involvement in the slave trade and the Atlantic World slave economy, just as it has concealed or failed to center the stories of the region’s free and enslaved Black and Indigenous populations.

How could we have gotten the story so wrong for so long? This interactive presentation will contrast the cherished narrative of Northern exceptionalism with recent scholarship that reveals a long history of exploitation with which our communities have barely begun to reckon.

Assistant Professor, School of Legal Studies, Husson University

Professor Kamorski is a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years of active-duty service, including a combat tour in Afghanistan, 4 years at the Pentagon, and preparing Congressional testimony for the US Air Force Director of Operations.

He has served on faculty at the US Air Force Academy, the University of Virginia, Liberty University, James Madison University, and Piedmont Virginia Community College. Professor Kamorski become a full-time faculty member for Husson University in 2014 after retiring from military service.

Talks

Criminal Justice Discussions: Law Enforcement, Courts, Correctional System Challenges 


200 Days in Afghanistan: USAF Deployment in 2009/10 as an Inspector General


Counterterrorism/Counterinsurgency Discussions: A Strategic Look at the Terrorist Threat


Leadership: Personal and Organizational, Defined and Applied 

Assistant Professor of Media Studies, University of Maine

Judith E. Rosenbaum (Ph.D. Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the theoretical foundations of mass communication, strategic communication, race, gender and the media, research methods, as well as courses on social media and digital cultures.

Her research interests include the impact of digital media on daily life, political dialogue and meaning making on social media platforms, media selection and enjoyment, and health and media usage. Her latest book, Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race and Gender, was published by Lexington in 2018.

Talks

#BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo: Social Media’s Contribution to Democracy

Journalist

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Joyce Kryszak is an award-winning journalist, producer, and feature writer who has reported for NPR, the BBC, Voice of America, the Environment Report, the Buffalo News, and others. Her freelance work appears regularly in Down East Magazine. Joyce has received more than three-dozen Associated Press Awards, as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award. 

Joyce’s journalism regularly examines the environment, education, poverty, racial disparities, and culture. As an interviewer, she has spoken with hundreds of notable people, among them: Jane Goodall, Bob Woodward, Lilly Ledbetter, Salmon Rushdie, Alec Baldwin, and Marcel Marceau.

Talks

Reporting from the Front Line of a Singapore Classroom


An Inconsistent Truth: Finding Truth’s Through-line


What the Hell Does This Have to Do with Me? – Putting a Human Face on the Story