Universities and Slavery: Bound by History
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.