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17 May 2007
To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Britain, the University will host an event examining slavery through the ages (Wednesday 23 May).
The Enduring Sin: Slavery Past & Present hosted by the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning will consist of a series of short lectures. Two of the contributions will have a local flavour, exploring aspects of the 19th century anti-slavery movement in Wales.
Event organiser and co-ordinating lecturer for history at the Centre, Dr Dave Wyatt, said, "Many people don’t realise how prevalent slavery still is. Slavery is a very widespread institution of great antiquity; it has existed and continues to exist in many societies and in many forms. That is why I was very glad when Mike Kaye of Anti-Slavery International has agreed to speak about the global problem of slavery in 2007".
Mike Kaye is the Communications Manager for Anti-Slavery International, an organisation which campaigns for the freedom of millions of people worldwide in situations of slavery.
He said, "People affected by slavery today are forced to work through the threat or use of violence and other forms of coercion. Slavery is prohibited under international law, but the International Labour Organization considers that the minimum estimate of the number of men, women and children in slavery today is 12 million".
The recent bicentenary has provoked some emotional debates in the UK. The bicentenary not only highlights Britain’s pioneering anti-slavery stance but also sheds light on its role in the transportation of millions of Africans into slavery.
The Enduring Sin: Slavery Past & Present starts at 7.15pm on Wednesday 23 May 2007 in Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road.. The programme for the evening will include: A Rosy Tinted View: Abolition and Historical Views of Slavery in Medieval Britain, David Wyatt [Cardiff University], Translating Slavery in Victorian Wales, Daniel Williams [Swansea University], A Nobler Strife: Swansea Abolitionists and the Cincinnati Trail 1820-1907, Jen Wilson [Women in Jazz, Swansea] and The Enduring Sin: Global Slavery in a 21st century context, Mike Kaye [Anti Slavery International].
The event is open to all, admission £3.00 on the door and all proceeds to Anti-Slavery International.
For information contact: WyattD1@Cardiff.ac.uk, tel. 029 2087 0000 or visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn/history
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