Penn and Slavery:
& the Program on Race, Science, and Society
Symposium: April 3-4, 2019
This symposium will explore Penn’s relationship with the institution of slavery. Presentations by undergraduates currently conducting research as part of the Penn and Slavery Project, will be accompanied by roundtable and panel discussions by some of the nation’s leading scholars of slavery, race, and medicine. Especially in 2019, given the significance of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to British North America, this symposium affirms Penn’s commitment to engaging with the history of slavery and responds to President Gutmann’s call to offer educational and cultural programming that illuminates Penn’s connections to slavery.
Co-Hosted by the Penn & Slavery Project and the Program on Race, Science & Society (housed in the Center for Africana Studies) with support from the Office of the Provost, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, The Penn Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.