UMKC hosts Missouri Conference on History

Harvard professor Walter Johnson presents keynote speech April 14

KANSAS CITY, MO. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of History is hosting the 53rd annual Missouri Conference on History this week.

Walter Johnson, Winthrop Professor of History and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will present the keynote lecture – “The Carceral Landscape: Slaves, Horses, Dogs, Forests, Fields and Swamps” – at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at the National World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, Mo. The UMKC Department of History, Bernardin Haskell Lecture Fund, Missouri Conference on History and National World War I Museum are sponsoring the keynote address.

Johnson’s first book, “Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market,” received numerous awards, including the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the John Hope Franklin Prize.

After receiving degrees from Amherst College and the University of Cambridge, Johnson earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University. A 2010 Guggenheim Fellow, Johnson previously served as a professor of history and chair of the American Studies department at New York University. He also has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For more information about the Missouri Conference on History, visit

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