In Brief

Monitor Logo

Ridge Street to close next week

Ridge Street will close for two or three days the week of Oct. 1 to allow trucks to deliver fill dirt to the site of the former Saddlemire Student Services Building.

Eight to 10 trucks will be hauling 3,000-4,000 cubic yards of dirt to the site in preparation for the planned construction in 2009 of the Wolfe Center for the Arts.


Talk to focus on Boston King and the founding of Sierra Leone

Dr. Andrew M. Schocket, history, will discuss "Errand to Africa: Boston King, the British Empire, and the Founding of Sierra Leone" at 2:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 1) in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Dr. Andrew Schocket

His talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence Series sponsored by the campus Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS). The series showcases the research of faculty affiliated with the institute.

What were the early goals of British colonization in Africa? How did the primary agents of that colonization both meet and confound those goals? And what can the story of one remarkable African-American man—Boston King—tell us about the nature of empire, race and revolution?

In 1792, Boston King and nearly 1,200 other black loyalists (refugees from the American Revolution) established Sierra Leone, Britain's first African colony. Historians have interpreted the settlers' anguishing early years as resulting from the Sierra Leone Company's profit-seeking and condescension to the settlers on the one hand, and on the other hand, conditions on the ground and the settlers' own difficulties adjusting to Africa. Schocket will argue that there was something much bigger at work: a conflict between the British imperial project and the Atlantic revolutionary project of which the Sierra Leone settlers were a part.

Schocket‘s teaching and research focus on the American Revolution, colonial North America and the Atlantic World. His work includes the book Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia and essays published in the Journal of the Early Republic, Enterprise & Society, and Reviews in American History. He has served as a member of the national steering committee of the History News Service and has directed a student-researched public policy history project officially commended by the Speaker of the Ohio House. Currently a Fellow at ICS, he is at work on a biography of Boston King.

September 24, 2007