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    150 Years Later: The 13th Amendment & Race in America

    The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in December 1865, abolished slavery in America, providing that: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

    The following programming continues RWU’s series to mark the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment and to reflect critically on the current state of race relations in the U.S.

    Questions about any of the following events can be directed to (401) 254-5434.

    Featured Event: Opens on Thursday, November 12

    Exhibition: “Freedom Journey 1965”

    Opens on Thursday, November 12, at the Providence Public Library

    The University and the Providence Public Library are collaborating to display this New-York Historical Society exhibit, which features the stunning and historic photos of Stephen Somerstein, who documented the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March as a college student in 1965.

    September 2015

    Constitution Day Panel Discussion: “Key Constitutional Issues Facing the Supreme Court in 2015”

    Thursday, September 17  •  5:00 pm
    Global Heritage Hall, Room G01

    Organized by the Department of Political Science and International Relations, the panel will closely examine the 14th and 15th Amendments and issues related to race in America.

     

    October 2015

    Presentation and Discussion: Author and Historian Michael Vorenberg

    Tuesday, October 6  •  5:00 pm
    School of Law, Room 283

    Michael Vorenberg is an associate professor of history at Brown University and the author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery and the Thirteenth Amendment (2001). Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

    Social Justice Week

    Monday, October 12 to Tuesday, October 20

    Social Justice Week will feature a number of events focused on this year’s theme, “Intersections of Social Justice.” Details will be posted on the Department of History & American Studies website as events are finalized.

    Multicultural Film Series: “Selma” (2014)

    Monday, October 19  •  7:30 pm
    School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management, Room 124

    A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

    Presentation: The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project

    Wednesday, October 28  •  6:00 pm
    School of Architecture, Room 132

    Featuring director Ann Chinn and activist Emily Kugler of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, which commemorates the nearly 2 million Africans who perished in the Middle Passage of the trans-Atlantic human trade. Sponsored by the Office of the President.

    November 2015

    Exhibition: “Freedom Journey 1965”

    Opens on Thursday, November 12, at the Providence Public Library

    The University and the Providence Public Library are collaborating to display this New-York Historical Society exhibit, which features the stunning and historic photos of Stephen Somerstein, who documented the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March as a college student in 1965.

    Panel Discussion: “The 13th Amendment in American Legal and Political History”

    Thursday, November 5  •  6:00 pm
    Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Room 157

    Featuring Jared Goldstein, distinguished research professor of law; Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, assistant professor of history; and Annika Hagley, assistant professor of political science.

    December 2015

    President’s Distinguished Speakers Series: Journalist Isabel Wilkerson

    Thursday, December 3  •  7:00 pm
    Campus Recreation Center Field House

    Isabel Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Warmth of Other Suns (2011), which chronicles the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South in search of better lives.