"The Academy's Original Sin": Universities Studying Slavery (USS) 2019 Fall Symposium

October 9–12, 2019

Xavier University (XU) and the University of Cincinnati (UC) are proud to co-sponsor the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Fall 2019 Symposium, entitled “The Academy’s Original Sin.” USS is a multi-institutional collaborative effort working to address historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and university communities, and the complicated legacies of slavery in modern American society.

This symposium encourages collaboration among—and unites scholars from—a broad range of colleges and universities to better understand the role of enslaved people and their relation to higher education. Slavery’s legacy in the American academy is demonstrated in myriad ways, from African American access to higher education and discussions surrounding restorative justice, to racism and discrimination within academe and battles to rename places/spaces on college campuses nationwide. The Fall 2019 Symposium continues the conversation, focusing on the enslavement of people of African descent and how that enslavement manifested itself in the development of U.S. educational institutions. Moreover, it will directly question these complicated legacies.

Keynote speakers include:

       *Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO/President, United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
       *Dr. Sowande Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies, University of St. Louis

This conference is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend to secure/confirm conference materials, light refreshments/meals, shuttle access, and entry to one (1) evening reception on Friday, October 11, 2019. The first 100 university students with current school IDs to register will be invited to a complimentary, private dinner on Friday, October 11, 2019, immediately prior to the evening student reception. You must have your current university ID for entry.

In lieu of conference registration fees, we ask all attendees to make a donation to the Symposium when prompted on the registration page. Donations will be split between the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and application fee waivers for incoming African American students to UC and XU. We specifically ask that students donate a modest $5, and that all others do so according to ability and perceived value of this experience.

There is limited on-site registration for this conference, which will only be available up to the total conference cap of 500 minus online registration.

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Posted: July 25, 2019
Tagged: Meetings, Conferences, Symposia