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Special Speaker: Raina Croff (plus other morning events)

10 AM Main Event:
Special Speaker: Raina Croff

Most slavery studies focus on the middle passage and the new world plantation experience. Dr. Croff examines resident slavery under African and Eurafrican female masters on Gorée Island, Senegal. With free and captive Africans of diverse ethnicities and under recurrent siege by Holland, France, and England, the 45-acre island became a watershed for the confluence of class and culture. Though early Gorée hosted multiple cultures, it was not yet a multicultural society with its highly segregated African and European, captive and free spaces. Excavations and archival research tell the story of Goree’s segregated classes and cultures and their ever-tighter intertwine.

Since the age of 8, Raina knew she wanted to be an archaeologist. Raina graduated from Portland’s Grant High School and graduated from Yale University.

Raina studied colonial archives in France and directed excavations on Gorée Island.  Raina is now a Senior Research Associate at OHSU where she blends her life-long passion for history of the African Diaspora with new interests in historical memory and health disparities among African Americans, particularly regarding Alzheimer's and other dementias.

---  Other Sunday Morning Events   ---

We make it worth your while to get up early on Sunday morning.  =-)

Programs are presented in four broad areas relevant to Humanism:

  • Human Well Being
  • Science/Reason
  • Secularism
  • Humanities, Culture, and Morality

Sun @ HGP program details -- for this week's speaker follow this link and read the "Next Speaker" announcement on the HGP website home page, left side; for future speakers and activities, click on the "Calendar" button, upper left:

Sunday Morning Schedule:

8:45  Early Bird discussion, choose topic by consensus (Garden Room)

9:45  Children join parents in East Room for simulcast

9:45  Coffee, juice and cookies (Arts and Crafts Room)

10:00 Main program, weekly speakers on topics of interest to Humanists (Keeston Room)

10:05 Humanist discussion, each week a different theme (Garden Room)

11:30 AfterThoughts: engage the speaker over light snacks (Arts and Crafts Room)

11:45 Classes, discussions, musicians, committees meet until 1:00 PM

12:15 Lunch at nearby eatery, all are welcome!

Be sure to peruse our humanist library while you're here -- books available to lend upon HGP membership.

Find more information about the Humanists of Greater Portland by clicking on the sponsor link at the left side of the webpage, then check out the full calendar of activities on HGP's main website.

All Meetup fees are paid by our sponsor through your memberships; donations toward the work of HGP are gratefully accepted.

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