Speaks-Warnock Symposium on Race and Racism at the University
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Online Via Zoom, REGISTRATION REQUIRED. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Speaks-Warnock Symposium on Race and Racism at the University, Tuesday, September 29th from 12:30-2:30pm, is part of the UD Antiracism Initiative,
a multiyear collaborative project with a variety of faculty,
departments, and programs across the university working to grapple with
and repair racism at the University of Delaware and in the state of
Delaware. The symposium initiates the campus-wide discussion of the legacies of slavery, segregation and racism at UD and in Delaware from 1743 to the present, as well as the unacknowledged displacement of indigenous peoples from their lands. As a land-grant college that was segregated until mandated by court order to desegregate in 1950, the University of Delaware perpetuated the legacies of slavery, segregation, and white privilege via the educational and taxation systems of the state and nation. Furthermore, many of us have not grappled with the question of the dispossession of Native Americans from their land.
The four invited guest scholars are professor Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (University at Buffalo), who works on indigenous land dispossession in relation to college and university campuses, as well as professors Hilary Green (University of Alabama), Jody Allen (a UD alumna who leads the Lemon Project at the College of William and Mary), and Rhondda Thomas in English (Clemson University), who have been participating in the national Universities Studying Slavery project at their own institutions.
The Symposium on Race and Racism at the University is co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Art
History, Anthropology, English, History, Languages, Literatures
and Cultures, Political Science, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Women and Gender Studies, the
Center for Diversity Studies, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center,
the College of Arts and Science, the Library, Museums, and Press, and
the Provost's Office.