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Conferences

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition
is pleased to announce it's 8th Annual Fall Conference:

Slavery and Public History: An International Symposium
Yale University, New Haven, CT, Thursday-Saturday, November 2-4, 2006


Many historic sites, museums, media, and other public history venues are reluctant to broach the subject of slavery in their programming and exhibits. Nonetheless, using innovative methods that are both thorough and respectful, curators and educators at historic sites and museums often have resources to teach this controversial topic in ways that those in the traditional classrooms do not. Reading the African presence back into the landscape of historic houses and other sites and can give
new meaning to old artifacts, documents and environments, enabling public historians to engage old and new audiences in meaningful ways.

At our 8th Annual International Conference we plan to examine how historic sites, museums, and other public history venues have dealt with the topic of slavery and how public historians have used resources to teach this often difficult topic. Furthermore, we want to uncover what issues public historians across the world have faced when addressing slavery and how their work has been received by others. We also hope to address broader questions about if and why dealing with slavery through public history is important and why slavery is often such a difficult topic for public historians to represent.

Keynote Address Given by:
Lonnie G. Bunch,
Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Sessions Include:

* The Politics of Remembering and Representing Slavery in Comparative Perspective
* Remembering the Slave Trade in Europe: Memorials and Museums
* Africa: Slave Trade Tourism and the Problem of Public History in Post-Colonial Societies
* Public Remembrance of Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Caribbean
* Comparative Museums, Historic Sites and Exhibitions in the United States: Perils and Promises
* Film, Artistic Representation, and the Public History of Slavery

Conference Participants

Peter Almond, Beacon Pictures
Orlando Bagwell, The Ford Foundation
Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
David Blight, Yale University
Katrina Browne, Ebb Pod Productions
Barbara Chase Riboud, Artist
Jane Clark Chermayeff, Jane Clark Chermayeff & Associates
Laurent Dubois, Michigan State University
Paulla Ebron, Stanford University
Cheryl Finley, Cornell University
John Fleming, Cincinnati Museum Center
Michel Giraud, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Charles Haffner, African Freetown Players
Mari Hareide, Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO
James O. Horton, George Washington University
Jean Howson, The RBA Group, African Burial Ground Project
Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace, Boston College
Gert Oostindie, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies at Leiden
Joseph Opala, James Madison University
Richard Rabinowitz, The New York Historical Society
Tony Tibbles, National Museums Liverpool
John Vlach, George Washington University
James Walvin, University of York
Glenn Willemsen, National Netherlands Slavery Institute (NiNsee)
Kevin Willmott, University of Kansas

Online Registration is now available at
www.yale.edu/glc/publichistory
For more information and a complete conference schedule visit the above
website or call 203-432-3339


Dana L. Schaffer
Assistant Director
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and
Abolition The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and
Area Studies at Yale PO Box 208206 New Haven, CT 06520-8206
Phone: 203-432-9238 ~ Fax: 203-432-6943
Website: http://www.yale.edu/glc/