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The 17th c British Literature Class that Accidentally Turned into a Service-Learning Course

Lesson Inspires Students to Organize Human Trafficking Awareness Event

shacklesRobert Rennie presents a ball and chain shackle (1706), a gun (1702), and a copy of The Wealth of Nations from the McClung Museum’s special collections to a class studying a 1688 novella about the slave trade.

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From Misty Anderson, Professor of English & Adjunct Professor of Theatre:

” I’m writing to let you know about an amazing thing that happened in my English 411 (Brit Lit 1660-1740) class and the event that has come out of it  …  The shortest version is that we had a moving class in McClung Museum around Oroonoko, Aphra Behn’s 1688 story of an enslaved African prince, and after looking at some key artifacts, the discussion turned to contemporary human trafficking.  The students started making some connections and a small group has turned this into part of their final project.  They have worked with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking to provide the content for a program on November 17th at the Baker Center (thanks to Honors, who helped us get the space) and they are hoping to get more people educated about the issue and involved in the solution.”