The News Service
March 18-20, 2005
Brown To Hold Slavery and Justice Conference on “Historical Injustices”
The Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice will host a major academic conference, “Historical Injustices: Restitution and Reconciliation in International Perspective,” Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20, 2005. The conference sessions, all free and open to the public, will be held in Smith-Buonanno Hall.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery will present “Historical Injustices: Restitution and Reconciliation in International Perspective,” a major academic conference, Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20, 2005, in Smith-Buonanno Hall.
The public is welcome at all sessions of the free conference, which will feature scholars of various aspects of America’s history of slave-trade and race relations, of the Holocaust and other historical injustices, and in historical reckoning and public reconciliation. Presenters include Elazar Barkan, Michael Bazyler, Alexis Dudden, Lord Anthony Gifford, Constantin Goschler, Ben Kiernan, Dirk Moses, Melissa Nobles, Charles Ogletree, Kirk Savage, Wally Serote, Ervin Staub, Adam Strom, Peter Uvin, Margaret Walker and James Young.
The conference is offered in response to the challenge from Brown President Ruth J. Simmons to the University Steering Committee to help the campus and the nation come to a better understanding of the complicated, controversial questions surrounding slavery and retrospective justice. As an institution whose early benefactors included both slave traders and pioneering abolitionists, Brown has an intimate relationship to this history and “a special opportunity and a special obligation” to contribute to this ongoing debate, according to President Simmons.
The conference will generate both scholarly dialogue and a collection of publishable papers that together will address the issues of restitution, reconciliation and repair in ways that, in President Simmons’ words, “help the nation and the Brown community think deeply, seriously and rigorously about the questions raised by this controversy.”
The conference sessions, all to be held in Room 106 of Smith-Buonanno Hall on the Pembroke Campus, are as follows:
Friday, March 18
Saturday, March 19
Sunday, March 20
For more information, call (401) 863-1246 or visit www.brown.edu/slaveryjustice/program.html