The GLC for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Sept 19, 2016 Newsletter

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 Newsletter for September 19, 2016
GLC Upcoming Events

September 21
Wendy Warren, Princeton UniversityBook Talk: “New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early
 4:30 • Room 202, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave

September 28
Abigail Cooper, Brandeis University

Brown Bag Lecture: 'Away I goin’ to find my mama’: Black Migration and the Refugee Camps of the American Civil War"
12:00pm • Seminar Room, 230 Prospect St

October 12
Elena Shih, Brown University

Brown Bag Lecture: Title TBA
12:00pm • Seminar Room, 230 Prospect St

November 3
The Right to Vote: Protection or Suppression Since 1965
Panel Discussion: Ari Berman, Senior contributing writer, The Nation magazine, and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America; Beverly Gage, Professor of History, Yale University; Isela Gutiérrez-Gunter, Associate Research Director, Democracy North Carolina; and Kenneth Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University and author of Representing the Race: The Creation of a Civil Right Lawyer. Moderated by David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery and Abolition, Yale University.
4:30pm • 102 Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Yale University

GLC News

Can Corporations Be Trusted to Tackle Modern Day Slavery?

OpenDemocracy’s Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, with the support of the Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, host a policy debate on the question of whether corporations can be trusted to tackle modern day slavery. Genevieve LeBaron and Joel Quirk asked nine movers and shakers in the field of labour policy to respond to the following: “Ending forced labor and modern slavery in global supply chains requires binding legislation, rather than corporate self-regulation and self-disclosure. Yes or no?”

Other Events and Announcements
What’s in a Name? The Naming and Symbolism Controversy on University Campuses (Yale Law School)

The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 26 noon-1:30 p.m. in Rm. 120 of Yale Law School, 127 Wall St. The panelists will be Edward L. Ayers, Daina Ramey Berry, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Matthew E. Carnes, and Brent L. Henry. The community is invited. Admission is free.

Art installation examines America’s history and racial past (Yale University Art Gallery)

The installation, in the Modern and Contemporary Art permanent galleries on the third floor of the Yale University Art Gallery, is designed to be in conversation with the issues explored in Carrie Mae Weems’ “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now,” a new work by the photographer and visual artist that was recently performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

In the News

The Biggest Challenge in Opening Up a National Museum about African American History? How to Talk about Slavery
Jaweed Kaleem, September 18, 2016 LA Times

After he was named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture 11 years ago — before planning had begun for its 400,000-square foot bronze-colored building on the National Mall, when it still had to raise more than half its $540 million price tag, when it had not yet a single one of its 37,000 artifacts — director Lonnie G. Bunch III struggled with questions about the monumental endeavor.

How much did Americans want to confront slavery?

Should the museum be a home for African Americans on America’s “front lawn” — once surrounded by slave auctions — or a place to teach others, namely white Americans, about a history they may not  fully understand?

An Appeal for a Monument to the 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt

Ibrahima Seck 11 September 2016
Following a trend in many Southern states to take down the Confederate battle flag, the City Council of New Orleans voted on 17 December 2015 to remove four monuments to the Confederacy from the city’s landscape. Three of those statues honour General Robert E. Lee, General Beauregard and Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. The fourth monument is an obelisk celebrating the Battle of Liberty Place, when members of the Crescent City White League attacked the New Orleans Metropolitan Police in their effort to overthrow a biracial Republican government and a black-dominated legislature. The proposal was introduced by a majority of City Council members. But opponents to took it to the Federal Appeals Court, while white supremacists started threatening those sponsoring the proposal and the contractor hired for the job.


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