The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition is part of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Since its founding in 1998, the Gilder Lehrman Center has been dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning slavery and its legacies across all borders and all time, from the distant past through the present day. The Center fosters improved understandings of the role of slavery, anti-slavery, and the lasting harms of slavery in the functioning of the modern world. Through fellowships, workshops, public programs, and digital resources, the Gilder Lehrman Center supports scholarship, public history, and public education.
To foster this understanding, the Center offers a variety of programs including:
- Visiting residential research fellowships
- Annual International Conference
- Lectures, forums, and workshops
- Frederick Douglass Book Prize, an award for the most outstanding book in English on the subject of slavery, resistance, or abolition across time and all nations.
- Professional development workshops for high school and middle school teachers
- Accessible online databases of historical documents
- Management of the World Bibliography of Slavery and Abolition
- Annual Working Group interdisciplinary forum that brings together selected scholars to investigate specific themes related to slavery
- “Slavery and Its Legacies,” a podcast series featuring visiting scholars, activists, and others about their contributions to the understanding of slavery past and present and its ongoing role in the development of the modern world.
- Other collaborative efforts with local, statewide, national, and international institutions to promote public education about slavery and its destruction