Join us to view these current exhibitions:

A Peculiar Aesthetic: Representation and Images of Slavery

This exhibition is on view May 21, 2015 through October 31, 2015 at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, 94 Waterman Street. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:45am-3:45pm.

Changing America examines the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington, two events separated by one hundred years, yet profoundly linked together in a larger story of liberty and the American experience.

The exhibition will be on display at the Hillel Gallery from May 7- June 10.
Free and Open to the Public.

Brown RISD Hillel
The Glenn and Darcy Weiner Center
80 Brown Street | Providence, RI 02906
Monday-Friday: 9am-10pm Saturdays: 10am-8pm Sundays: 12pm-6pm




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The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research center with a public educational mission.   Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas, the CSSJ will create a space for the interdisciplinary study of:

  • historical forms of slavery
  • how the legacies of slavery shape our contemporary world 
  • contemporary forms of human bondage

To further this study, CSSJ will establish research programs designed to foster deeper understandings about the issues of justice, human rights, and freedom today.

The CSSJ is dedicated to a policy of global public engagement on the issues of slavery, human bondage, and justice.  We will explore these issues by:

  • convening public forums
  • intervening in national and international debates
  • developing collaborative partnerships  of research and activities with scholars, activists, individuals, and institutions committed to these issues. 
  • holding conferences and workshops around these issues

To learn more about the origins of CSSJ, please visit our history page.