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2016-2017 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency

Location: Providence, RI
Deadline: August 14th, 2016 


The 2016-2017 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public history of slavery and contemporary issues of justice.

The artists-in-residence should pay particular attention to the history of the slave trade and its legacies on the Eastern seaboard of the United States through performances that may include dance, theatre, performance art, or spoken word. The residency will enable selected artists to develop works that engage the public history of slavery and bridge or incorporate systemic and inherited connections with contemporary issues of injustice.

Selected artists will convene at The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island in October 2016 for three days of workshops, meetings, and studio development. During the Brown University Commencement Week (May 21-27, 2017), these chosen artists will present their finished works.

Selected artists must identify a partner non-profit institution in their home city that is interested in the local longevity of the project and can provide support to the selected BSR Artist(s). This support may include rehearsal space and other project development needs between the Fall 2016 and the Spring 2017. Partner institutions will be credited in all residency printed and digital materials.

(Distributed July 21, 2016)

Elena Shih, Assistant Professor of American and Ethnic Studies and CSSJ Faculty Fellow, on Slavery and It's Legacies

Elena Shih is interviewed by Thomas Thurston about her work on human trafficking rescue efforts and the politics of labor, gender, and sexuality on last week's Slavery and It's Legacies podcast, out of the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University.

Elena Shih is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University, a faculty fellow at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, and a visiting fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center. 

(Distributed February 21, 2017)

Providence City Council Endorses Slavery Marker Project

The Providence City Council has passed a resolution in support of an effort to memorialize the city’s role in the slave trade. 

As part of a national initiative known as the "Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project,"organizers are working to place historical markers in places involved in the slave trade.

In Rhode Island, the group hopes to call attention to the importance of ports like Providence, where ships launched and fortunes were made in the traffic of human beings.

(Distributed March 14, 2016)

Slave shackle display speaks to University history

The John Hay Library is displaying a pair of slave shackles, on loan from the International Slavery Museum, in a glass case at the entrance of the first-floor reading room.

(Distributed March 1, 2016)
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