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Alvin Adams Memorial Lecture on Friday is canceled

ATHENS, Ohio (March 1, 2007) -- The 2007 Alvin Adams Memorial Lecture, which was scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, in the Baker University Center Theatre, has been canceled. 

The speaker, Eric Burin, associate professor of history at the University of North Dakota, could not travel to Athens because his flight from North Dakota was cancelled due to snow. The Department of African American Studies is attempting to reschedule him for a later date.

This year's Alvin Adams Memorial Lecture was part of the "Bicentennial of the Abolition of the Anglo-American Trade in African Captives Commemoration," which celebrates President Thomas Jefferson's signing of a bill on March 2, 1807, that abolished the U.S. slave trade. 

The commemoration begins tonight when David Eltis, professor of history at Emory University, gives the keynote address at 7 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theater. 

Eltis will debut his Web version of the "Atlantic Slave Trade" database, which contains records from more than 35,000 slave trade voyages that took place between 1526 and 1866. It will be the first public demonstration of this historic Web site that will reveal the vastness of the African slave trade and the United States' role in it.

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