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How Did NYC Become the Birthplace of Global Capitalism?

Black Gotham Experience Walking Tours: Other Side of Wall Street

A look at the early colonization of Mannahatta demonstrates that the urban landscape was rapidly memorialized to reflect the face and presence of white European settlers. It is no surprise that groups that did not correspond to this profile (Blacks, former slaves, Jews, women, natives etc) were not only forgotten in the city’s history. They were also pushed outside the city walls in buffer zones between an expanding colonial city and the “wilderness” of Native territories. A history of capitalism and settler colonialism helps us understand better the various logics of exclusion and elimination.

This Olio is co-taught by a leading artist (Kamau Ware) and a professor of Sociology at NSSR (Benoit Challand). Having taught classes on the making of global capitalism through the history of sugar and cotton, Professor Challand approached educator and artist Kamau Ware, author of a graphic novel on the colonial period of NYC who also leads historical tours of the city, about locating the legacy of these commodities that played an important role in shaping the communitarian contours and the urban landscape of colonial New York.

Building on Kamau Ware’s effort to retrieve a history of black people in New York, we'll open up a dialogue and reflection that connects findings of settler colonialism studies with critical perspectives on the birth of modern global capitalism.




Location: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue for our Friday night residency.


Other upcoming Olios


Aug 22

The Wisdom of Pop Culture

Taught by Geoff Klock
6:15 p.m. at Neuehouse Madison Sq.

Sign Up - $15

Aug 28

"I'll Play it First" - An Immersive Listening of Bitches Brew

Taught by Whitney George
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

Sign Up - $15

Aug 31

Selective Histories: Memory, Aesthetics, & Urban Art

Taught by Lauren Hudson
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Sep 7

Should I Kill Myself or Have a Cup of Coffee?

Taught by Olio Happy Hour
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20

Sep 14

OlioHouse Launch | Eros: The Bittersweet

Taught by Jamie Warren
11:30 a.m. at OlioHouse

Sign Up - $60

Sep 21

Time, Desire, and Action: Ramayana and The Cosmic Game

Taught by Vishwa Adluri
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

Sign Up - $20


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