The Humanities Research Center at Virginia Commonwealth University is hosting a year-long series of speaker events and programs that will foster an informed and constructive conversation about the events of 1619 and the mythology that has built up around them; the subsequent experience of Africans and African Americans in Virginia, British America, and the United States; the continued impact of that history; and crucially, the possibilities for a future in which Americans can shed that legacy, building together a just and inclusive multi-racial society. The series will engage directly with America’s changing relationship to its own diversity as it has journeyed over the past four hundred years toward becoming a more democratic society in which equal opportunity will be available to everyone.
The Humanities Research Center will welcome the following renowned speakers during 2019:
“1619: Rethinking the History of Africans in Early America”- Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 4 pm
Michael Guasco, Associate Professor of History, Davidson College, and author of Slaves and Englishmen: Human Bondage in the Early Modern Atlantic World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)
“Race and Christianity in Early Virginia”-Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 4 pm
Rebecca Goetz, Associate Professor of History, New York University, and author of The Baptism of Early Virginia: How Christianity Created Race (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012)
“The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832”- Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 6 pm
Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Chair in the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, author of numerous books about the colonial period, the American Revolution, and the Early Republic, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 and 2014
“Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies” – Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 6 pm
Leslie Harris, Professor of History, Northwestern University, author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 (University of Chicago Press, 2003), co-editor of several essay collections about the history of slavery in North America, and co-convener of the first international conference on recovering the histories of slavery at higher education institutions in the U.S. and abroad.