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Unearthing the past: Brown University, the Brown Family, and the Rhode Island Slave Trade

March 18, 2004: A symposium on the forgotten history of slavery and slave trading in Rhode Island, featuring historians Joanne Pope Melish, J. Stanley Lemons, Rhett Jones, and Joaquina Bela Teixeira.

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Human Trafficking Today: Slavery and Justice in the 21st Century

April 21, 2004: A discussion with Katherine Chon and Derek Ellerman, members of Brown’s Class of 2002 and co-founders of the Polaris Project, an anti-human trafficking organization in Washington, D.C.

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An Open Letter to Mr. Jonathan Doe: Some Reflections on Racial Inequality in the United States

September 21, 2004: A reflective lecture by Professor John Hope Franklin on his life and career, ranging from the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to his tenure as chair of President Clinton’s National Initiative on Race.

John Hope Franklin

The Slaveowner’s View

October 5, 2004: A lecture by Edward Ball, author of the prize-winning book Slaves in the Family and a member of Brown’s Class of 1982, on his journey into his family’s slave-owning past.

Edward Ball

Town Meeting

October 19, 2004:  An open public forum with members of the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, affording students and interested members of the wider community to discuss the committee’s charge and plans for the future.

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The Texture of Slavery in Rhode Island

October 25, 2004: A roundtable discussion on the social and economic lives of slaves and slave traders in colonial Rhode Island, featuring historians Rachel Chernos-Lin, Keith Stokes, and Robert Emlen.

Rachel Chernos-Lin
Robert Emlen
Keith Stokes

Have memories of Slavery and the Civil War United or Divided Americans?

November 3, 2004: A lecture by historian David Blight, author of the prize-winning book Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory on the contested meanings of slavery in national politics and memory.

David Blight

Unchained Memories: The Fight Against Slavery: The Story of the Underground Railroad

November 8-9, 2004: A film-screening and lecture on the history and mythology of the Underground Railroad, featuring Spencer Crew, Brown Class of 1971 and Executive Director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Spencer Crew

Sins of the Fathers? Historical Injustice and Present Responsibility

November 30-December 1, 2004: A lecture and discussion on the challenges facing institutions and communities confronting legacies of historical injustice, featuring law professor Alfred Brophy and journalist Anne Farrow.

Alfred Brophy
Anne Farrow
Alfred Brophy

Priscilla's Homecoming: Following the Route of a Rhode Island Slave Ship Back to Africa

February 7, 2005: A lecture by historian Joseph Opala, tracing the extraordinary journey of a ten-year-old African girl borne to America on a Rhode Island slave ship in 1755, and that journey’s continuing reverberations today.

Joseph Opala

Slavery in American Memory

February 28-March 1, 2005: Lectures and a film screening by historians James Horton and Lois Horton, examining struggles over representations of slavery in museums, historic sites, school curricula, and other public history venues.

James Horton
Lois Horton

Genocide, Slavery, and Survival: The Native American Experience in Southeastern New England

March 13, 2005:  A day-long workshop, co-sponsored by Native-to-Native, Native Americans at Brown (NAB), the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and the Department of Africana Studies

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Freedom Now? The Unfinished History of the Mississippi Freedom Movement

March 17, 2005: Two veterans of the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Dave Dennis and Rita Bender, discuss their work as organizers of the Congress of Racial Equality in the 1960s and the work that remains to be done today.

Rita Bender
David Dennis

Restitution and Reconciliation in International Perspective

March 18-20, 2005: An international conference bringing together distinguished scholars from Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas for a sustained, comparative exploration of the possibilities and pitfalls of retrospective justice.

Alfred Brophy
Lord Gifford
Melissa Nobles
Adam Strom
Sarah Fox
Kirk Savage
Wally Serote
Elazar Barkan
Ben Kiernan
Wally Serote
Margaret Walker
Michael Bazyler
Constantin Goschler
James Young

A Conversation with Carolyn Goodman

April 28, 2005: An open forum with Carolyn Goodman, Director of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, named in honor of her son, a Civil Rights worker murdered in Mississippi in 1964, moderated by journalist Jerry Mitchell of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Carolyn Goodman
Jerry Mitchell

Legacies of Slavery in American Life: Politics, Education, and the Arts

September 30-October 1, 2005: An interdisciplinary workshop, bringing together scholars of the arts, education, and public policy for an examination of slavery’s legacies in American life.

Ashraf Rushdy
Lisa Woolfork
John Edgar Wideman
Tyrone Forman
Glenn Loury
Linda Williams
Amanda Lewis

Repairing the Past: Confronting the Legacies of Slavery, Genocide, & Caste

October 27-29, 2005: An international conference co-sponsored by Brown’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice and Yale University’s Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition. Held in New Haven, CT. See the conference program (PDF).

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Perspectives on the Slavery Reparations Debate

October – November, 2005: A lecture series on the politics of the slavery reparations debate, featuring Roy Brooks, John McWhorter, William Darity (Brown Class of 1974), and Congressman John Conyers.

Roy Brooks
John McWhorter
William Darity
John Conyers

Slavery in the 21st Century

April 17, 2006: A conversation with Beatrice Fernando, an author, activist, and slavery survivor, with an introduction and commentary by Katherine Chon, Brown Class of 2002, and co-director of the Polaris Project.

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