Meet Our Panelists: The Atlantic Slave Trade


Spencer Crew: Panel Chair

Spencer R. Crew has worked in public history institutions for more than thirty years.  He is currently the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University
and Emeritus Director of the National Museum of African American History and the National Museum of American History. Previous to Mason he served as president of
the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for six years and worked at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution for twenty years.  Nine of
those years, he served as the director of NMAH.  He most recently served as the interim Director at the National Museum of African American History and Culture until January
of 2021. At each of those institutions, he sought to make history accessible to the public through innovative and inclusive exhibitions and public programs.  Crew has
published extensively in the areas of African American and Public History. He also has curated numerous exhibitions the most recent one at the National Museum of African
American History and Culture entitled “Make Good the Promises: Reconstruction and Its Legacies.” He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a master’s degree and a
doctorate from Rutgers University. His most recent publication is Thurgood Marshall A Life in American History.

Donnamarie Barnes: Panelist

Donnamarie Barnes began working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in 2016 as Curator/ Archivist after working for over thirty years in photojournalism as a photo editor. Her ongoing work of conserving the various collections at the Manor, researching and uncovering the lives and identities of the enslaved and indigenous people of Sylvester Manor is an integral part of the organization’s mission to Preserve, Cultivate and Share the stories of all the people of Sylvester Manor. She has curated the exhibitions, “Women of the Manor”, “A Place in Pictures” and “All That Has Been: Our Roots Revealed”. Her work at Sylvester Manor also includes ongoing photography projects relating to the memory of slavery felt in the landscape.

Aurélie Vialette: Panelist

Aurélie Vialette is an Associate Professor at Stony Brook University in the department of Hispanic Languages and Literature and affiliated faculty in the department of History. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in working-class culture, social movements, gender studies, prison reform, slavery networks, and disability studies. Her first book Intellectual Philanthropy: The Seduction of the Masses (Purdue UP, 2018) is the recipient of the 2019 North American Catalan Society book award. Her co-edited volume on Dissonances of Modernity: Music, Text, and Performance in Modern Spain (North Carolina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures) was published in March 2021. She has a book under contract with SUNY Press titled The Legacies of Slavery in Modern Iberia (19th-21st centuries) co-edited with Akiko Tsuchiya. Her new book manuscript analyses penal colonies in the Philippines and is titled The Colonial Laboratory: Race, Gender and Penal Colony in the Philippines in the 19th century.