Edward Curtis, PhD

Edward Curtis is the Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. Curtis has created a lecture entitled, “From the Slave House to the White House: How An Enslaved African Gained the Support of America's Most Powerful Politicians and Businessmen.” Dr. Curtis comments, “In the 1820s, Abdul Rahman Ibrahima of Natchez, Mississippi, was thrust into the center of national politics, the movement to abolish slavery, and the attempts to settle black Americans in Africa. This lecture uses his incredible life story as a way to reveal new insights into the antebellum history of the United States.”