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How can the humanities help us imagine a future that doesn’t depend on exploitation? Sophia Richter uses oral history and the archive to historicize racial capitalism and to situate her work on understanding structures of oppression in the context of intergenerational trauma. Before joining Concordia University for a Masters in History, Sophia was working at a local museum in her home-town in Rhode Island, USA, developing oral history archives in partnership with the aging commercial fishing community. While completing her BA in Economics, she spent many years working with experiential education programs in Senegal, France, and the USA whose aims were to enable students to develop cross-cultural communication skills. Sophia is a current recipient of a DePOT (Deindustrialization and the Politics of Our Time) Fellowship to interrogate intersections of race and class in the movement of capital. Previously Sophia received and managed grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and was a 2015 Global Citizen Year Fellow. When not reading, Sophia can be found running on trails or kayaking through swamps.