The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery — funded by a generous $2.5 million gift from Ruth and Sid Lapidus, is the only facility of its kind based in a public research library. The 2014 gift also included 400 rare items of printed material making the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture home to one of the world’s premier collections of slavery material.
The Center's mission is to generate and disseminate scholarly knowledge on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery pertaining to the Atlantic World. The Center supports the work of researchers with long-term and short-term fellowships. Given the centrality of Atlantic slavery to the making of the modern world, the Lapidus fellowships ensure that slavery studies are a cornerstone of the Schomburg Center’s broader research community and provide a counterbalance to the contemporary direction of scholarship in African American and African Diaspora studies.
The Associate Director & Curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Trans-Atlantic Slavery supports the development, management, and care of the Lapidus collection and all aspects of Lapidus Center Affairs, including collections management, scholarly research and publications, exhibitions, education, and outreach programs, conferences and other opportunities that foster learning and collaboration.
Under the general leadership of the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and as a member of the Management Team, the Associate Director & Curator will:
All candidates must be able to demonstrate and embody our three core values:
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