The Transforming Community Project

The impact of the African slave trade and the enslavement of people of African descent in institutions of higher education in the Atlantic World has been largely unexamined until recently. With an increasing sense of urgency, scholars, students, staff, and community partners have begun to explore these complex histories both within and outside the walls of academe. Such efforts have sought to reconcile a more accurate understanding of the past with current goals for institutional and community diversity and equity. This conference—the first of its kind—brings together scholars, community partners, staff, administrators, and students for the purpose of sharing research, teaching, and learning across the hierarchies of academic life and beyond.

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Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies
February 3–6, 2011

Emory University Conference Center Hotel
Atlanta, Georgia

Conference and Plenary Sessions

Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 7:30 p.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
"From the Shadows to Plain Sight: Slavery and Justice at Brown University,"
Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University
Friday, Feb 4, 2011 8:30 a.m.
WELCOME Emory Conference Center Hotel
Registration Required
The Emory Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) will have a book table at the Emory Conference Center on Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, from 1:30–6:30 p.m., where selected publications by many of the conference presenters will be available for purchase.
9:00–10:40 a.m.
Panel 1: Pro-Slavery Thought
Panel 2: Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at Clemson University
10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Panel 3: Anti-Slavery Thought and Activism
Panel 4: Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina
12:30–2:30 p.m.
Lunch Plenary: LEVERAGING INSTITUTIONAL RESOURCES
2:40–4:20 p.m.
Panel 5: Black Atlantic Transformations
Panel 6: Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the College of William and Mary
4:30–6:10 p.m.
Panel 7: Colleges after Emancipation
Panel 8: Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the College of Charleston and The Citadel

THE EMORY PROJECT
Dawoud Bey, Photographer
Visual Arts Gallery, Emory University
700 Peavine Creek Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
See the accompanying digital project.
Conference participants are invited to a wine and cheese reception to view the permanent exhibit of photographs taken around the Emory campus pairing people across schools, places of work, and rank, showcasing the depth and diversity of the Emory community.
Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 8:30–10:10 a.m.
Panel 9: History, Memory, and Accountability
Panel 10: Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at Harvard University
10:20 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Panel 11: Caribbean and African Memory and Mourning
Panel 12: Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the University of Virginia
12:00–2:00 p.m.
Lunch Plenary: UNIVERSITIES AND MEMORIALIZATION
2:15–3:55 p.m.
Panel 13: Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at Emory University and Brown University
4:15–6:15 p.m.
Final Plenary: HISTORIES, LEGACIES, AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
Sunday, Feb 6, 2011 11:00 a.m.–4:35 p.m.
REMEMBRANCE IN SLAVERY'S AFTERMATH:
A Day of Commemoration, Reflection, and Celebration

Covington and Oxford, Georgia
Free and open to the public. Transportation information available at the registration table.

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Sponsored by: The Transforming Community Project of Emory University; Office of the Provost; Office of the President; Office of Equal Opportunity Programs; Office of Community and Diversity; Race and Difference Initiative; The Hightower Fund; Emory College of Arts and Sciences; Laney Graduate School; Oxford College of Emory University; Robert W. Woodruff Libraries; Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library; Department of African American Studies; Department of French and Italian; Department of History; Department of Visual Arts; Department of Religion; Institute of Liberal Arts; Founders Week Committee; Office of University-Community Partnerships; Vann Seminar on Pre-Modern History; Center for Faculty Development and Excellence; President's Commission on Race and Ethnicity; Center for Women; Emory Alumni Association. External sponsors include: The Ford Foundation; The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage of Brown University; African American Historical Association of Newton County; The Oxford Historical Shrine Society; Idea Capital

Photo credits: Emory Faculty, Oxford College, GA, 1860. Emory University Archives Photograph Collection (EUPIX Series 5.1), Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University; Warren Candler and Zach Perry, Oxford College, GA, circa 1880–1890. Warren Candler Papers, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University. 111057-1. Emory Yearbook, Black Student Alliance, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University, 1972.