The impact of the African slave trade and the enslavement of people of African descent in institutions of higher education in
the Atlantic World has been largely unexamined until recently. With an increasing sense of urgency, scholars, students, staff,
and community partners have begun to explore these complex histories both within and outside the walls of academe. Such
efforts have sought to reconcile a more accurate understanding of the past with current goals for institutional and community
diversity and equity. This conference—the first of its kind—brings together scholars, community partners, staff, administrators,
and students for the purpose of sharing research, teaching, and learning across the hierarchies of academic life and beyond.
Thursday, Feb 3, 2011 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb 4, 2011 8:30 a.m.
Emory Conference Center Hotel
The Emory Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) will have a book table at the Emory Conference Center on Friday, February 4, and Saturday,
February 5, from 1:30–6:30 p.m., where selected publications by many of the conference presenters will be available for purchase.
Moderator: Alfred L. Brophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Restating Gender and Slavery at Lumpkin Law School: The Case of Thomas Cobb,"
Adrienne D. Davis, Washington University in St. Louis
"‘I whipped him a second time, very severely': Basil Manly, Honor, and Slavery at the University of Alabama,"
A. James Fuller, University of Indianapolis
"'The Delicacy of the Subject': Creating a Proslavery Argument at Antebellum Emory, 1834-1861"
Patrick C. Jamieson, Emory University
Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at Clemson University
Moderator: JoNell A. (Jody) Usher, Emory University
"Campus Clearing: The Value of Uncovering Past Occupations of the Land,"
Lance Howard, Clemson University
"From John C. Calhoun's Plantation to Clemson College: Recovering History in Plain Sight,"
Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Clemson University
"There Is Something in Those Hills,"
Abel A. Bartley, Clemson University
10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Anti-Slavery Thought and Activism
Moderator: James T. Campbell, Stanford University
"Expert Testimony on Trial: Yale University, Slavery and La Amistad, 1839-40,"
Benjamin N. Lawrance, Rochester Institute of Technology
"‘Tears for the Slave': Women and the Legacy of Practical Abolition at Oberlin College,"
Kabria Baumgartner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"‘A hot-bed of abolitionism': Oberlin College and the Fight to End Slavery,"
J. Brent Morris, University of South Carolina
"The Princeton Fugitive Slave Case: Jimmy the College Apple Man and Memories of Slavery,"
Lolita Buckner Inniss, Cleveland State University
Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the University of Alabama
and the University of South Carolina
Moderator: James L. Roark, Emory University
"Teaching the Racial Landscape at the University of Alabama,"
Ellen Griffith Spears, University of Alabama, and
James C. Hall, University of Alabama
"The Place of the Introductory American History Course in Teaching the History of Slavery at the University,"
Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina
"Slavery and South Carolina College: Taking the Story Public,"
Robert R. Weyeneth, University of South Carolina
LEVERAGING INSTITUTIONAL RESOURCES
Moderator: Earl Lewis, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Emory University
Alison Bernstein, William and Camille Cosby Professor of Humanities, Spelman College; Vice President Emerita, Ford Foundation Program of Education, Creativity, and Freedom
Ozzie Harris II, Senior Vice Provost for Community and Diversity, Emory University
Michelle Meyers, Director of Equal Opportunities Programs, Emory University
Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University
R. Owen Williams, President, Transylvania University
Black Atlantic Transformations
Moderator: Kristin Mann, Emory University
"‘I Am a Man': Martin Freeman (Middlebury College, 1849) and the Problems of Race, Manhood, and Colonization,"
William B. Hart, Middlebury College
"African Students in Great Britain during the Abolitionist Movement,"
Esther Mirjam Ries, Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
"‘Two Youths (Slaves) of Great Promise': The Education of David and Washington McDonogh at Lafayette College, 1838–1844,"
Diane Windham Shaw, Lafayette College
Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the College of William and Mary
Moderator: Randall K. Burkett, Emory University
"Origins and Implementation of the Lemon Project at William and Mary,"
Robert F. Engs and Terry L. Meyers, College of William and Mary
"Scholars, Lawyers, and Their Slaves: The Case of St. George and Nathaniel Beverley Tucker,"
Ywone Edwards-Ingram, College of William and Mary
"The Tragedy of the Commons: Slave Life at the College of William and Mary,"
Jennifer Oast, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
THE EMORY PROJECT
Colleges after Emancipation
Moderator: Leroy Davis Jr., Emory University
"The Long Shadow of Slavery: Southern Universities in Post-bellum America,"
William A. Darity Jr., Duke University
"The Role of African American Officeholders in the Promotion of Higher Education for Newly Freed Slaves in Reconstruction Era South Carolina,"
Danielle Holley-Walker, University of South Carolina School of Law
"Paine College, Methodism, and Race Relations in the South,"
Andrew Urban, Rutgers University
Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the College of Charleston
and The Citadel
Moderator: Jeffrey Young, Georgia State University
"Lest We Forget: Discovering the Past's Diversity on the Landscape of Today's College of Charleston Campus,"
Jane Aldrich, Independent Scholarly Consultant
"Overworked and Underpaid: ‘Black' Work at the College of Charleston,"
Lee Rogers, University of California, Los Angeles
"Was Denmark Vesey the Real Founder of The Citadel?"
Lisa Randle, University of South Carolina, and Jessica Farrell, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
"History, Memory, and Slavery at the College of Charleston, 1785–1810,"
Jessica Farrell, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
Dawoud Bey, Photographer
Visual Arts Gallery,
700 Peavine Creek Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
See the accompanying digital project.
Conference participants are invited to a wine and cheese reception to view the permanent exhibit of photographs taken around the Emory
campus pairing people across schools, places of work, and rank, showcasing the depth and diversity of the Emory community.
Saturday, Feb 5, 2011
History, Memory, and Accountability
Moderator: Joseph Crespino, Emory University
"The Texas Klan Dorm Controversy: History, Memory, and the Media in the Controversy over Simkins Hall,"
Thomas D. Russell, University of Denver
"Remembering (and Forgetting) Slavery at the University of North Carolina: The Unsung Founders Monument and Its Discontents,"
Timothy J. McMillan, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kaimipono David Wenger, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at Harvard University
Moderator: Mark Auslander, Brandeis University
"The Legacies of Ten Hills Farm,"
Catherine S. Manegold, Mount Holyoke College
"Teaching Slavery in Harvard's History,"
Sven Beckert, Harvard University
"In Slavery's Shadow: Critical Scholarship in Slavery Studies,"
Carolyn Roberts, Harvard University
10:20 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Caribbean and African Memory and Mourning
Moderator: Dianne Stewart-Diakite, Emory University
"Gorée As a Place of Memory and the University of Dakar,"
Pape Chérif Bertrand Bassène, University of Bretagne Sud (France) and University of Laval (Canada)
"The University of the West Indies and Its Slavery Past,"
Verene A. Shepherd, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
"Breaking Chains of Mental Slavery: Black Studies in the Caribbean,"
Jerome Teelucksingh, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at the University of Virginia
Moderator: Susan Youngblood Ashmore, Oxford College of Emory University
"Recovering University of Virginia History: A Student-Community Dialogue,"
Phyllis Lefler, University of Virginia
"A Memorial for Enslaved Laborers: Building University and Community Support,"
Ishraga Eltahir, University of Virginia
"University and Community Action for Racial Equity: Transitions at the University of Virginia,"
Frank Dukes, University of Virginia
UNIVERSITIES AND MEMORIALIZATION
Moderator: TBA, Emory University
Julian Bonder, Professor or Architecture, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University; Principal, Wodiczko+Bonder Architecture-Art-Design
Gary Hauk, Vice President and Deputy to the President, Emory University
Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Independent Artist, Atlanta, Georgia
Researching and Teaching Slavery and the University at Emory University
and Brown University
Moderator: Beverly Guy Sheftall, Spelman College
"Transforming Community at Emory University,"
Leslie Harris, Emory University
"The Accidental Slaveowner: Revisiting Emory College's Founding Mythologies,"
Mark Auslander, Brandeis University
"Navigating the Past: Reflections on Brown University's Slavery and Justice,"
James T. Campbell, Stanford University
"Brown University's History of Slavery,"
Brenda Allen, Winston-Salem State University
HISTORIES, LEGACIES, AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
Moderator: Leslie Harris, Co-Founder and Director, Transforming Community Project; Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Emory University
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History, African, and African American Studies, Harvard University
Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ariela Gross, John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History, University of Southern California
Sunday, Feb 6, 2011
11:00 a.m.–4:35 p.m.
REMEMBRANCE IN SLAVERY'S AFTERMATH:
A Day of Commemoration, Reflection, and Celebration
Covington and Oxford, Georgia
Free and open to the public. Transportation information available at the registration table.
In its early decades Emory College depended in significant ways on the labor of enslaved people; many faculty were
actively involved in the theological and legal defense of the peculiar institution. This history is intertwined with
stories of religious faith; the great national schism in the Methodist Episcopal Church, for example, was precipitated
by the slave-owning status of one of its bishops, James Osgood Andrew, the first president of the Emory Board of Trustees.
Following Emancipation, freed people and their descendants continued to work on and around the Emory College campus in varied
capacities, although they and their children were not allowed to attend Emory until the 1960s.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of Emory College. On February 6, the conclusion of Emory's Founders'
Week and the first Sunday of African American History Month, we will gather to reflect on this complex shared history, join
in worshipful remembrance, and celebrate the achievements of the many families descended from enslaved persons who contributed
to the creation and development of Emory University.
Our discussions on Sunday, February 6, will engage with an installation work by the noted African American artist
Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier. Titled "Unraveling Miss Catherine's Cloak," this multimedia piece emerges from the artist's
collaborative work with many people from Emory and Newton County. The work's title refers to Catherine Andrew Boyd
(c. 1822–1851), also known as "Miss Kitty," one of the enslaved persons owned by Bishop James Osgood Andrew.
The details of Miss Kitty's life have long been discussed and contested among Oxford's white and African American families.
It is our hope that, in remembering Miss Kitty, whose story has long divided members of the Oxford and Emory communities,
diverse voices will be united in respectful dialogue.
11:00 a.m. Service of Worship and Remembrance. Grace United Methodist Church. Communion Sunday Service.
3145 Washington Street SW
Sermon by Bishop Mike Watson, North Georgia Conference
2:30 p.m. Slavery and Jim Crow in Oxford, Georgia: A Talking Circle. Residents of Newton County and members of the Emory University community, including descendants of enslaved and slave-owning families, will reflect on slavery and its legacies. Panelists will begin the conversation, and audience members will be invited to ask questions and share their own reflections.
Installation in Old Church of Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier's sculptural work, "Unraveling Miss Catherine's Cloak."
4:15 p.m. Wreath laying in Oxford city cemetery in the historic African American section, and at the gravesite of Catherine "Miss Kitty" Boyd.
The talking circle in Old Church is cosponsored by The African American Historical Association of Newton County, The Oxford Historical Shrine Society, and the Transforming Community Project of Emory University.
A shuttle will depart ECCH for Oxford event sites at 9:45 a.m. and depart Oxford for the return trip at approximately 4:40 p.m.