Earlier this year, historian Cian McMahon published the first full-length scholarly study of the Atlantic and Pacific crossings, The Coffin Ship: Life and Death at Sea during the Great Irish Famine (NYU Press). McMahon’s study was inspired, in part, by Marcus Rediker’s tour de force, The Slave Ship: A Human History (Penguin, 2007), which draws on thirty years of research in maritime archives to create an unprecedented history of these vessels and the human drama acted out on their rolling decks. McMahon and Rediker reconstruct in detail the lives, deaths, and terrors of enslaved peoples and immigrants at sea. This event will see two formidable scholars in dialogue as they offer important insights into American immigrant and racial history. The event is co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of History and NYU Press.