Examining Incarceration as a Legacy of American Slavery

November 29, 2023

“Legacies of American Slavery: Reckoning with the Past” is an initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center at Yale University in collaboration with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, with supplemental funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the multi-year project provides a variety of opportunities for faculty members, staff, and students of CIC member institutions, and community-based partners to participate in research, teaching and learning, and public discussions about the legacies of American slavery.

Earlier this year, President Robyn Hannigan brought together a team of six to explore possible project directions in advance of a weeklong summer institute held at Yale. Associate Professor of English, African American and Africana Studies, and American Studies Patricia Lott, Librarian of the College and Co-director of the Teaching and Learning Institute Diane Skorina, Collegeville Mayor and Associate Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church Aidsand “Ace” Wright-Riggins H’19, Vice President for Inclusion and Community Engagement Heather Lobban-Viravong (who is also the interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college), Associate Professor of History and African American and Africana Studies Edward Onaci, and Executive Director of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art Lauren McArdel worked together to determine which legacy of American slavery they wanted to examine.,

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