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O'Connell Initiative


O’Connell Initiative on the Global History of Capitalism

The O’Connell Initiative for the Global History of Capitalism is a forum for intellectual exploration. It brings together scholars of every aspect of capitalism, from its earliest medieval manifestations to its twenty-first-century consequences across the globe. It supports groundbreaking research and teaching on global capitalism and engages with the public through lectures, debates, and workshops.

The O’Connell Initiative in the Global History of Capitalism is supported by generous gifts from Fordham alumnus Robert J. O’Connell, FCRH '65.

We Are Not What We Seem: The Wealth of American Capitalism and the 'Exceptionalism' of Haitian Poverty

Dr. Westenley Alcenat (Fordham University)
October 8 at 5 p.m., Lincoln Center Campus, South Lounge

Join us as Dr. Alcenat discusses the unfinished struggle for Black citizenship in the context of the transnational relationship between the U.S and Haiti as sister republics borne of the Age of Revolutions (1776-1848). Dr. Alcenat asks what historical lessons can be taken to explain the rise, fall, and failures of Black citizenship in an Atlantic economy that retains the vestiges of Black slavery next to White freedom. In addition, he inquires, what changed, and what remained the same, if we consider that, over time from 1619 to 2019, Black people in the western hemisphere live with freedom without economic citizenship, and “reconciliation” without reparations for slavery?

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