Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Rutgers University) discusses the central role played by Black women in the founding of the nation and their centuries’ long agitation and activism to force the nation to live up to its promises.
The Semiquincentennial (250th anniversary) of the Declaration of Independence, also being referred to across the country as America 250, provides the Penn community with an ideal opportunity to re-examine one of the founding documents of our country from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The Penn Libraries is taking the lead in bringing together colleagues from across campus to begin a conversation about how we might recognize this anniversary through a range of programming, from exhibitions art commissions and performances to innovative courses and conferences, which engages with a number of important ideas raised by the Declaration that continue to resonate in our time.
Working with other institutions across Philadelphia, including the Museum of the American Revolution, the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania seeks to play an instrumental role in exploring multifaceted approaches to recognizing how history can help us better understand the present and create a sustainable and inclusive future.
The Declaration’s Journey: Thinking about the 250th Exhibition at the Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution Chief Historian Philip Mead will discuss the initial plans for the institution’s exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of 1776.
Teaching Independence will consider the challenges of teaching the Declaration of Independence, the history of the American Revolution, and the nation's founding, in the 21st century.