Brown Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Family Weekend 2019

Please join us as part of this year's Family Weekend!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Memory Dishes: Women & African Diasporic Cooking Exhibition and Reception
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice
94 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island

Memory Dishes highlights the cooking practices of six Rhode Island families: Alcantara, Aubourg, Malabre, da Graça, Jones, and Powell. They follow a long tradition of women of African descent who reimagined culinary practices in the New World, blending traditional West and Central African recipes with indigenous and European staples. This exhibition pays homage to female cooks, both seen and unseen, and the ways their labor connects a vast and diverse diasporic peoples across generations. Please join us Friday afternoon for a special gallery reception.

Saturday, October 19, 2018

10 Years After Re-Criminalization: Reflecting on a Decade of Anti-Trafficking Activism in Rhode Island Forum
10:00 am - 10:50 am
IBES, Room 130, 85 Waterman St Providence, RI

In 2019 through the ongoing partnership between the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice’s research cluster on Human Trafficking and COYOTE RI, the state’s only sex worker rights organization, a historic House Bill was introduced to study the impact of the 2009 re-criminalization of indoor prostitution in the state. Join us for this Family Weekend Forum featuring Professor Elena Shih, COYOTE RI Executive Director Bella Robinson, and students of the CSSJ Human Trafficking research cluster as they discuss their research. After the forum, please visit the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice to see the exhibition Memory Dishes: Women & African Diasporic Cooking currently on display.

Featured Student Panelists:

Julianna Brown is a second year medical student at Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School. A human trafficking research cluster participant for three years, Julianna’s Brown undergraduate honors thesis explored sex workers' experience in the HIV Continuum of Care as a criminalized community, using unique survey data collected by COYOTE RI. Her work with COYOTE RI has also included studying the effects of recent federal policy changes regarding online sex work. She has been invited to present the findings of her work at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam and the Harm Reduction International Conference in Porto, Portugal. Her ongoing work with the research cluster's "Policing Modern Day Slavery" focus connects community partner COYOTE RI with faculty at the medical school to develop and implement continuing education module (CEM) programs for healthcare providers on sex worker health. These for-credit training programs allow health care professionals to learn about how criminalization and stigma impact their patients involved in the sex industry and how healthcare providers can provide high quality care to sex workers. 

Yanhoo Cho is a junior studying Social Analysis and Research. Her scholarly work within the research cluster is a comparative ethnography of the sexual politics of human trafficking movements in South Korea and the U.S. This past summer, Yanhoo worked as COYOTE RI's outreach project manager for migrant sex worker community. She spent July and August conducting outreach to Korean massage parlors located in Providence and Pawtucket. Focusing on the parlors, which were raided for human trafficking in March and April 2019, she visited the parlors monthly with newsletters, snacks, and Korean movie DVDs. This highly time-consuming and emotionally involved work involved important negotiations about how to ally with heavily policed sex workers while also setting and maintaining healthy boundaries and means of communication. 

Slavery & Legacy Walking Tour
11:00 am
Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle

In the eighteenth century slavery permeated every aspect of social and economic life in Rhode Island. The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice’s Slavery and Legacy walking tour invites guest to learn about the history and legacy of slavery as it pertains to Brown University and the state of Rhode Island. Major stops on this hour-long walking tour includes the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle, University Hall, the Slavery Memorial and the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice. 


RSVP for the walking tour here!


Open House at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
94 Waterman Street, Providence, Rhode Island

For centuries, the institution of slavery pervaded every aspect of life in America and its reverberations are still keenly felt today. We invite you to the Center’s 19th century house for a special reception to meet our faculty, staff and students. While you are at the Center you can learn about student opportunities at the CSSJ, view the exhibition on display in our gallery, Memory Dishes: Women & African Diasporic Cooking, a stunning glass wall art piece, Rising to Freedom and a symbolic slave garden.