Penn and Slavery Symposium

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 4:00pm to Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:30pm

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

This symposium, co-hosted by the Penn & Slavery Project and the Program on Race, Science & Society, with support from the Office of the Provost, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, will explore Penn’s relationship with the institution of slavery. The symposium will feature presentations by undergraduates currently conducting research as part of the Penn & Slavery Project, as well as roundtable and panel discussions by some of the nation's leading scholars of slavery, race, and medicine.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Please register using this link.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

4:00-4:15 p.m.: Welcome: Dr. Wendell Pritchett, Provost of the University of Pennsylvania

4:15- 5:45 p.m.:   

Introductions: William Noel, Director of the Kislak Center & the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Plenary roundtable:

Kathleen Brown, David Boies Professor of History; Director of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women; Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania

Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology; Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights; Professor of Africana Studies; Director of the Program on Race, Science & Society, University of Pennsylvania

Deirdre Cooper Owens, Associate Professor of History, Queens College, CUNY; Director for the Program in African American History, Library Company of Philadelphia

5:45- 6:45 p.m.:   Reception


Thursday, April 4, 2019

9:30- 10:00 a.m.:  Registration, coffee provided

10:00-11:15 a.m.: Session 1: Penn & Slavery Project Research Findings 

Research presentation by current undergraduate seminar students

11:15-11:30 a.m.:   15-minute break, refreshments provided

11:30- 12:30 p.m.: Session 2: Working on the Penn & Slavery Project: Current Research Areas, Strategies, and Ideas for the Future 

Moderator: Daniel Richter, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History; Richard S. Dunn Director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Arielle Julia Brown, Cultural Planning Consultant for the Penn & Slavery Project; Public Programs Developer, Penn Museum 

Alexis Broderick Neumann, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow for the Penn & Slavery Project and the University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Paul Mitchell, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

VanJessica Gladney, Public History Fellow for the Penn & Slavery Project 

Breanna Moore, Independent Scholar

12:30-1:00 p.m.: Session 3: Reimagining Penn’s History through Augmented Reality 

VanJessica Gladney

Laurie Allen, Director of Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Paul Farber, Artistic Director of Monument Lab; Lecturer in Fine Arts/Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania

1:00-2:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided)

2:30- 4:30 p.m.: Session 4: Slavery and Medicine: What was Penn’s Role?

Moderator: Dorothy Roberts 

Daina Ramey Berry, Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin 

Sowande’ Mustakeem, Associate Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis 

Rana Hogarth, Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Christopher Willoughby, Lapidus Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

4:30- 5:30 p .m.: Reception