Professor Mark Auslander to Speak on Slavery and Memory

On October 26, Mark Auslander, Professor of Anthropology at Central Washington University, will be speaking about his new book, The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family. Focusing on divergent narratives about an enslaved woman named Kitty and her relationship to James Osgood Andrew–her owner, a Methodist bishop, and the first president of Emory University’s Board of Trustees–Professor Auslander explores both the “real” story of Kitty and her family, and examines how the stories we tell about slavery shape our histories and memories across time. Professor Auslander’s talk will take place at 4:30 pm in Lloyd Hall room 324. It is open to the public, refreshments will be served, and the book will be available for sale. For more about the book, please visit