Duke University Professor of English Ian Baucom met with Wesleyan faculty and fellows Oct. 7 following a discussion on “Republicanism, Empire and the Archives of the Atlantic.” Baucom is the author of “Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History,” which traces the history and destiny of modernity through an extended study of the Zong massacre of 1781, when the captain of the Liverpool slave ship Zong ordered 133 slaves thrown overboard to enable the ship’s owners to file an insurance claim for lost cargo. Pictured at right is Matthew Garrett, assistant professor of English.