In March 2016, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, in an opinion piece in the Harvard Crimson, urged the university to more fully acknowledge and understand its links to slavery, stating, “The past never dies or disappears. It continues to shape us in ways we should not try to erase or ignore.”
On March 3, 2017, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University will host a daylong conference to explore the relationship between slavery and universities, across the country and around the world.
The faculty conference organizers are Harvard professors
- Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History
- Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies
- Daniel Carpenter, director of the social sciences program at the Radcliffe Institute and Allie S. Freed Professor of Government
The conference builds on the Harvard and Slavery initiative, founded in 2007, in which students and faculty—led by Beckert—began a detailed examination of Harvard’s range of connections to slavery.
Thank you for your interest in the "Universities and Slavery: Bound by History" conference. The event space has reached capacity, and we are no longer accepting registrations. Unfortunately, walk-in attendees cannot be accommodated.
This event will be webcast live, in its entirety, and videos will be available online after the conference.
Introduced by: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor; Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Journalist, national correspondent for The Atlantic, author of Between the World and Me and The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
Conversation between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Drew Gilpin Faust
SLAVERY AND UNIVERSITIES NATIONALLY
Moderator: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Adam Rothman, Professor of History, Georgetown University
James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University
Craig Steven Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Introduced by: Vincent Brown RI '06, Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Natasha Trethewey RI '01, former United States Poet Laureate, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, Emory University
Slavery and Harvard
Moderator: Annette Gordon-Reed RI '16, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School, and Professor of History, Harvard University
Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University
Julian Bonder, Principal, Wodiczko + Bonder and Julian Bonder + Associates; Professor of Architecture, Roger Williams University
Daniel R. Coquillette, J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor, Boston College Law School
Slavery and Universities Globally
Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics; Professor of African and African American Studies and of History; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University
Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies
Max Price, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town
Christiane Taubira, former Minister of Justice (France)