Virtual Symposium on the Legacies of Slavery

 Virtual Symposium on the Legacies of Slavery (click)



Please join the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale and our colleagues at the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) on the afternoons of April 5–7 for a virtual symposium devoted to the Legacies of Slavery: Past, Present & Future

 The opening panel features four of the country’s most important thinkers about the problems of slavery and race in the public culture of the United States: Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Edward Ayers, historian and president emeritus of the University of Richmond; Elizabeth Hinton, associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and a leading scholar on racial inequality, criminalization, and policing; and David Blight, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Frederick Douglass.

Opening Panel, Tuesday, April 5, 7:00–8:30 p.m. EDT

On Wednesday, April 6, 2:30—5:50p.m. EDT and Thursday, April 7, 2:30—5:30p.m. EDT we will showcase the efforts of CIC member colleges to reckon with specific legacies of slavery, from racial violence and health disparities to acts of commemoration and cultural creativity.


The closing panel on Thursday, April 7, 4:00—5:15p.m., featuring Kevin Gannon (Professor of History, Grand View University) and Sonya Douglass Hosford (Professor of Education Leadership and Founding Director of the Black Education Research Collective, Teachers College, Columbia University), will tackle the challenge of teaching about race, slavery, and their legacies in the face of public resistance. The symposium is free and open to all. Advance registration is required.

For more information, contact Philip M. Katz, CIC staff director of the Legacies of American Slavery initiative, at pkatz@cic.edu.

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