2019/2020

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GLC Panel Discussion: “400 Years: African Americans, 1619-2019”
The purchase of 20 Africans at Jamestown, Virginia during 1619 occurred weeks before the first meeting of the Virginia House of Assembly. The 400th anniversary of the simultaneous beginnings of slavery and democracy in British North America, and the continuing dilemma of democracy and race, provide a context to discuss the experiences of Africans brought here to labor under a brutal system of slavery. This panel examines the history and nature of this first landing of Africans in America, as well as legacies down to our own time. What was the meaning of liberty and community for 17th Century Americans? What does it mean to be American for their descendants and fellow minorities? What resonance do these issues have as the United States faces a Presidential election threatening to become the most racist appeal to voters in living memory?

Co-sponsored by Yale University’s Department of African American Studies; the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition; the Afro-American Cultural Center; the Department of History; and the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration

Location: Center Church on the Green, 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm


GLC Book Talk: Ray Arsenault, Arthur Ashe: A Life
Raymond Arsenault new book Arthur Ashe: A Life is a “deep, detailed, thoughtful chronicle” (The New York Times Book Review) of Ashe’s rise to stardom on the court. Much of the book explores his off-court career as a human rights activist, philanthropist, broadcaster, writer, businessman, and celebrity. In the 1970s and 1980s, Ashe gained renown as an advocate for sportsmanship, education, racial equality, and the elimination of apartheid in South Africa. From 1979 on, he was forced to deal with a serious heart condition that led to multiple surgeries and blood transfusions, one of which left him HIV-positive. After devoting the last ten months of his life to AIDS activism, Ashe died in February 1993 at the age of forty-nine, leaving an inspiring legacy of dignity, integrity, and active citizenship.

LocationLinsly-Chittenden Hall (LC ), Rm 101,  63 High Street,  New Haven,  CT 06511

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm


Symposium: Digital Histories of Fugitive Slaves

GLC co-sponsored symposium: “Digital Histories of Fugitive Slaves”

FRIDAY-SAT. GLC Collaboration with Joe Yannielli at Aston University in Birmingham, the Virtual Museum of Slavery and Empire in Glasgow, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Yale Center for British Art

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 9:00am

GLC Panel Discussion: Legacies of Lynching

GLC Panel Discussion: Legacies of Lynching

Co-sponsorship with the Yale University Art Gallery, in conjunction with “Reckoning with ‘The Incident’ ” exhibit
YUAG exhibit dates: January 17—May 10, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm