The digital world is not just changing our social interactions but the accessibility and impact of historical research as well. The Study of Slavery and Abolition in the Digital Age, held on May 4th, tackled the possibilities and challenges this new landscape engenders for projects regarding slavery, abolition, and resistance.
The symposium was co-hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the MacMillan Center (GLC), the Digital Humanities Lab, and Public Humanities at Yale. David W. Blight, the Director of the GLC, opened the event. He acknowledged the work of Thomas Thurston, the Education Director of the GLC, one of the event organizers, along with the many digital efforts the GLC itself has taken on, including two documentary films and a podcast series. Professor Blight finished by recognizing the outreach efforts of the GLC: “We try to take Yale out into the world and see what Yale can do for the world as much as we try to do for ourselves.” This sentiment was echoed throughout the rest of the panelists, and seems to be at the heart of many of these digital research projects.