A Panel Discussion on Slavery Reparations
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A Panel Discussion on Slavery Reparations

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies at the University of Maryland Presents a Panel Discussion on Slavery Reparations With Verene Shepherd (University of West Indies), Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University) and Ana Lucia Araujo (Howard University).

Panelists address how different constituencies have confronted their perceived distance from slavery and what that implies for efforts to acknowledge and/or repair that past. Participants analyze reparations efforts in the United States and elsewhere in the Americas, and how universities can and should recognize their own involvement. Part of the Miller Center Series on “Distance”.

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Verene A. Shepherd, is a social historian, a Vice Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination on Racial Discrimination, and Director of the Centre for Reparation Research at the University of the West Indies. She spent five years as a member of the UN’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, two as Chair. She has written several books, among them, I want to Disturb my Neighbour: Lectures on Slavery, Emancipation & Postcolonial Jamaica (2007); Livestock, Sugar & Slavery: Contested Terrain in Colonial Jamaica (2009) and Maharani’s Misery: Narratives of a Passage from India to the Caribbean (2002).

Marcia Chatelain is Professor of History and African American studies at Georgetown University The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (2015) she teaches about women’s and girls’ history, as well as black capitalism. Her latest book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (2020) examines the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry. She is a current co‐host of the Slate podcast, “The Waves,” which covers feminism, gender, and current events. In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in academia in recognition of her social media campaign #FergusonSyllabus, which responded to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.

Ana Lucia Araujo, is Professor of History at Howard University. She has authored seven books, including Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past (2020), Reparations for Slavery and the Slave Trade: A Transnational and Comparative History (2017), Shadows of the Slave Past: Heritage, Memory, and Slavery (Routledge, 2014), and Public Memory of Slavery: Victims and Perpetrators in the South Atlantic (2010). She has edited or coedited five books and published dozens of articles on the history and memory of slavery. In 2017, she joined the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project. She serves on the board of editors of the American Historical Review and the Slavery and Abolition. She is a member of the executive board of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide Diaspora (ASWAD), the editorial review board of the African Studies Review, and the board of the blog Black Perspectives maintained by the African American Intellectual History Society.

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October 16,2020 04:00 pm To 05:00 pm

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