2013 Virginia Universities and Race Histories Conference Schedule
November 8th and 9th, 2013

The University of Virginia, Nau Hall

This inaugural statewide conference will bring together faculty, students, administrators, staff and community members for dialogue on slavery, its aftermath and its persistent influence on the present at Virginia’s colleges and universities. With keynote speaker, Dr. Craig Wilder commencing the conference proceedings on Friday evening, we hope to explore varying traditions and experiences that have to do with race and the myriad ways slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation affect the present. Schedule of events subject to change; please keep checking back for updates.

Friday, November 8, 2013

4:30pm – 5:15pm                     History of African Americans at UVa Tour (Rotunda Steps)

5:30pm – 6:00pm                    Reception  (Nau Hall)

6:00pm – 7:15pm                     Opening Session featuring Craig Wilder (Nau Hall)


Saturday, November 9, 2013

8:45am – 9:30am                    Continental Breakfast (Nau Hall)

9:30am – 9:45am                    Opening Remarks featuring Presentation by Poet Brenda Marie Osbey (Nau Lecture Hall 101)


9:45am – 11:15am                  Plenary Session (Nau Lecture Hall 101)

                                              Topic: Access, Affirmative Action, and Admission

Panelists: Michael Mallory, Executive President of The Ron Brown Scholars Program; Kim Forde-Mazrui, Professor of Law at University of Virginia and Former Director of Center for the Study of Race and Law; and Marilynn Schuyler, Chair of the American Bar Association’s American Association of Affirmative Action


11:30am – 12:45pm                  Concurrent Sessions on Tradition & Identity

Session One: Memory in the Landscape: Visual Representation at The University of Virginia

Speakers: Phyllis Leffler, Professor of History at the University of Virginia; Edna Turay, chair of the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers Committee at UVa; Gertrude Fraser, Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment and Retention at the University of Virginia; and Poet Brenda Marie Osbey


Session Two: Three Cultures, One History: Completing the Story of the College of William and Mary

Speakers:  Jody L. Allen, Co-Chair and Managing Director of the Lemon Project at the College of William and Mary (W&M); Jill Found, Historical Interpreter at William and Mary; Terry Meyers, Chancellor Professor of English at W&M and Co-Chair of the Lemon Project; Kimberly Renner, Assistant Director of Historic Campus at the College of William and Mary


Session Three: Reconciling the Past and the Present at JMU

Speakers:  Margaret Mulrooney, Associate Vice Provost and Associate Professor of History, James Madison University, and David Owusu-Ansah, Special Assistant to the President for Faculty Diversity and Professor of History


12:45pm – 1:45pm                   Lunch

Brown Bag Lunch Sessions

1. Topic: University-Community Connections. Led by Larissa Smith Fergeson, Professor of History at Longwood University

2. Topic: Historic Preservation of African American Sites Across the State.  Facilitated by Lynn Rainville, Director of the Tuscalum Institute at Sweet Briar College

3. Topic: Student Tour Guides Panel Discussion


1:45pm – 3:00pm                     Concurrent Sessions on Educational and Outreach Initiatives

Session One: Shining a Light Through the Long Shadow of Slavery: Why College Students and Prisoners Need Each Other

Speakers: John Dooley, Manager of, Education Department of Richmond City Jail School and  Co-Director of Open Minds; Dr. David Coogan, Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and Co-Director of Open Minds; Dr. Kristin Reed, University College, VCU; and Nikki Fernandes, Church Hill Academy


Session Two: “The Little Bricklayers”: The Challenge of Identifying the Enslaved Community at the University of Virginia (UVa)

Speakers: Stephanie Kingsley, Summer 2013 Student Intern for the Institute for Public History at UVa; Susan H. Perdue, Director of Documents Compass at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; and Brendan Wolfe, Managing Editor of Encyclopedia Virginia at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Session Three: “Coming to the Table”

Coming to the Table was founded by descendants of both enslavers and enslaved people in partnership with the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

Speakers: Phoebe Kilby, Development Associate of EMU for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding Eastern Mennonite University and Betty Kilby Baldwin, “Coming to the Table” participant.


3:15pm – 5:00pm                      The Conciliation Project presents “History: Live” and Conference Closing Comments

The mission of The Conciliation Project is to promote, through active and challenging dramatic work, open and honest dialogue about racism in America in order to repair its damaging legacy.​

Conference events subject to change. Please keep checking this schedule for updates. Conference co-sponsored by University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE), the Corcoran Department of History, the U.Va. IDEA Fund, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies, and and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity. For more information on our sponsors, please visit the Sponsors section of the website.


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