Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium

June 30, 2017
Save the Date: Princeton and Slavery Project November 17-18, 2017

The Princeton and Slavery Project, a scholarly investigation of Princeton University’s historical engagement with the institution of slavery, will launch its website and host a scholarly symposium on November 17-18, 2017. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will deliver the keynote address. Other featured speakers include Project director Martha A. Sandweiss (Princeton University), Ruth Simmons (Brown University), Leslie Harris (Northwestern University), Eric Foner (Columbia University), and Danielle Allen (Harvard University).

Weekend events will also include McCarter Theater’s world premiere of “The Princeton and Slavery Plays,” seven newly-commissioned short plays based on historical documents uncovered as a part of the research project. Playwrights include:  Nathan Alan Davis, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Dipika Guha, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06, Kwame Kwei-Armah, McCarter Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann, and Regina Taylor. In addition, the Princeton University Art Museum will host an artist talk with Titus Kaphar related to a new sculpture commissioned for the Project, as well as a larger exhibit in the galleries.

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Area of Interest: 
Race & Ethnicity
United States
17th & 18th Centuries
19th Century