SUNY Oneonta News

March 9, 2010



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Robin Mitchell, a dissertation fellow in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at the SUNY College at Oneonta and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, will present "La Blanche Negresse: Ourika and the Re-assimilation of Colonial Elites in Post-Haitian Revolutionary France" as the second event in the 2009-2010 Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series at SUNY Oneonta on Wednesday, March 10, at 6 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Experiences in Lee Hall. Admission to the presentation is complimentary, and members of the community are invited to attend.

Robin Mitchell, who joined the SUNY Oneonta faculty in 2009, is pursuing her doctorate in Late Modern European History with an emphasis on women, gender, and sexuality. Her research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth-century Paris; the histories of women of the
African Diaspora in France and the United States; race, gender, and sexuality; and representation and popular culture. Her essay entitled "Another Means of Understanding the Gaze: Sarah Bartmann in the Development of Nineteenth-Century French National Identity" appears in "Black Venus 2010: They Called Her 'Hottentot,'" which was released this year by Temple University Press.

The Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series is being presented in honor of the late Professor Emeritus Ralph Watkins of the SUNY Oneonta History and Africana and Latino Studies Departments. A specialist in African-American and American history, Professor Watkins taught at the College for over 30 years and served as Chair of the Africana and Latino Studies Department for more than a decade.

Presented by the SUNY Oneonta Departments of Africana and Latino Studies and History, the Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by an Inclusion Diversity Equity Action (IDEA) Grant from the College.

More information about the series is available from Dr. Ibram H. Rogers, Assistant Professor of African American History, at (607) 436-3253 or by e-mail to




For more information about the College, please call the Community Relations Office at (607) 436-2748 or send e-mail to Hal Legg, Director of Communications.

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