Monday, March 26

Historian Craig Steven Wilder to Lecture on Colleges and Slavery

Craig Steven Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a public lecture drawn from his path-breaking scholarship on the central importance of slavery to the history of American higher education.
The lecture, “‘Southward and ... the West Indies’: Colleges and Slavery in the Age of Revolution,” will be at 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 26, in Convocation Hall on the Sewanee campus. The entire Sewanee community is invited to attend.
Wilder is author of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, which argues that the pre-Civil War university, along with the state and church, composed the foundation for the emergence of the slaveholding societies in the Western Hemisphere. The earliest and now most powerful universities in North America, Wilder argues, both profited from slaveholding and provided critically important institutional and intellectual support for slavery.
Today, American universities that are investigating and uncovering their historical entanglements with slavery–William & Mary, Harvard, Princeton, Virginia, Columbia, and the University of the South–cite Wilder’s work for its scholarly influence and inspiration.
Wilder’s talk is sponsored by Sewanee’s Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation. Further support has come from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the American Studies Program, the African and African American Studies Program, the Department of History, the Office of the University Provost, and the University Lectures Committee.
For additional information, please contact the Project by email at <slavery​>.