Anvils of Blood, Oaths of Iron: Power, Secrecy, and Assassination in the Western Sudan
Executive Director, Africa/African American Historical Society and Museum, Fort Wayne
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Neff Hall 101
In the dead of night in 1856, the king of Segu (Mali) is pulled from the royal palace by members of a secret society, taken to a sacred grove, tried, and assassinated. What did ironworker communities have to do with this intriguing historical event and with resisting Muslim jihad and French colonial expansion in the mid-19th-century? Come learn more...
John Aden is the Executive Director of the Africa/African American Historical Society and Museum. A 1988 Paul Harding High School graduate, he went on to earn degrees from Wabash College (BA, 1992) and Indiana University (MA, 1995; PhD, 2003). Aden is a former Fulbright Fellow to the Republic of Mali, where he conducted research among blacksmith communities on the nature of secrecy and power.