Alumna Browne to show documentary on family, slave trade

Feb. 9, 2009 6:46 p.m.

Princeton alumna Katrina Browne will show and discuss her documentary "Traces of the Trade" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

In the film, Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. It follows Browne and nine of her family members as they retrace the slave trade from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba, and back to the United States, and explores their thoughts about race, slavery and legacy.

Browne, who graduated in 1989 with a degree in anthropology, served as the producer and director of the documentary. After attending Princeton, she co-founded the leadership training organization Public Allies, earned a master's degree in theology from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., and served as outreach planning coordinator for the film adaptation of the play "Twilight: Los Angeles," about the 1992 riots in that city.

The event is sponsored by the Fields Center with support from the Center for African American Studies, Davis International Center, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Office of Religious Life, Pace Center, Program in the Study of Women and Gender, Women's Center and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.