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Slavery’s Past and its Continuing Futures

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Ten years ago, the Brown University Committee on Slavery & Justice issued its landmark report, drawing a national response that continues to reverberate throughout higher education. To mark this occasion and reflect on the broader significance of Brown’s efforts to grapple with the full weight of its institutional history, the Brown Club of DC is thrilled to sponsor a timely panel discussion on Tuesday, May 16th. Tickets available here.

The program will bring together leading curators and public historians to discuss how museums and universities have addressed the history and legacies of slavery over the last decade. We’ll hear from:

Prof. Anthony Bogues, Director of the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (CSSJ)– a direct product of Brown’s response to the Slavery & Justice Committee– will discuss the work of the Center over the past 5 years. The Center supports innovative scholarship, community programming, and organizes over 70 annual programs which examine new scholarship connected to the historical understanding of slavery, its racial legacies, as well as contemporary forms of human trafficking.

Prof. Spencer Crew ‘71 will discuss his work in the public history field over the last twenty-five years, including his time as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and directing the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Curator Paul Gardullo of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) will discuss the work that went into creating the newest Smithsonian museum devoted to telling American history through the African American lens. He will also discuss NMAAHC’s Slave Wrecks Project, which uncovered a sunken slave ship, the Sao Jose, and what its journey can tell us about the global interconnectedness of the slave trade and its impact on communities today.

7 PM- 9 PM. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets (5th and K location). Light fare, dessert and coffee included; cash bar and full menu available. Please purchase your tickets here; $8 for BCDC members and $15 for non-members.

This program is a partnership between the Brown Club of DC, the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ), Friends of CSSJ, the Inman Page Black Alumni Council, and the Brown Alumni Association.


May 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sean Siperstein


Busboys and Poets
1025 5th St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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