Memory and Slavery

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The foundational premise of this seminar centers on the continued effects of slavery—in a wide variety of forms—in the United States. Such social constructs depend upon human conceptions, behaviors, and key neurobiological regulatory mechanisms sculpting them. Simultaneously, the seminar considers the ways in which the past may be experienced in the present; that is, the slavery of memory.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, the discussions focus upon many important contemporary debates in psychology, biomedical science, its policy, and bioethics. Members of this seminar include scientists, sociologists, clergy, physicians, therapists, scholars and others who share an interest in learning from the collective memories of slavery.

Mr. John Delfs

Dr. Pilar Jennings

Jane Forner

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



11/29/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
1:00 PM
The Historical Backdrop of the Impact of Mass Incarceration on Families
Soffiyah Elijah, Alliance of Families for Justice

02/21/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
12:00 PM
Plantations, Slavery and Their Aftermath in the Americas: A Comparison of the Portuguese/Catholic and Anglo-American/Protestant Systems
Sidney Greenfield, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee