Universities and Slavery: Bound by History, March 3, 2017

Daguerreotype of Renty, an African-born slave, taken by J.T. Zealy in 1850. Commissioned by Louis Agassiz. Courtesy of Peabody Museum, Harvard University

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The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study today announced the conference program for “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History” on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Slavery was intertwined with the founding and growth of Harvard. The relationship was neither accidental nor exceptional.

This daylong conference explores the connections between universities and the institution of slavery—across the United States and around the globe—and examines what the relationship means for the present and the future. 

Journalist and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates will deliver the keynote address and then join in conversation with Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust.

This conference is free and open to the public. Registration is required and will be online in January 2017. This event will be webcast live and available online afterwards.