Annual James McCune Smith Lectures

Inaugurated in 2015, an annual lecture honouring James McCune Smith, who studied for three degrees at Glasgow, becoming the first African American to receive a medical degree.

  • 2021: 'A voice from the North': black women in academia and activism in contemporary Europe', Professor Olivette Otele (University of Bristol)
  • 2020: Since 1804: Haiti and the Movement of Caribbean Freedom, Prof Matthew J. Smith (UCL)
  • 2018: '“Ran away from her Master…a Negroe Girl named Thursday”: Examining Evidence of Punishment, Isolation, and Trauma in Nova Scotia and Quebec Fugitive Slave Advertisements', Professor Charmaine A. Nelson McGill University, Montreal
  • 2017: 'A Harvest of Ancestral Voices: Slavery and the Future of African people’, Prof. Kofi Anyidoho (University of Ghana-Legon)
  • 2016: ‘Slavery, Torture, and Civilization in the United States 1820-1860’, (Prof. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Carolina)
  • 2015: ‘Run away from his Master: freedom-seeking slaves in eighteenth-century Britain’, (Prof. Simon Newman, University of Glasgow)