Hofstra Cultural Center presents Lecturer Craig Steven Wilder
Craig Steven Wilder, professor and head of History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, will give a lecture and book signing. Professor Wilder documents the uncomfortable truth of the inextricable tie between slavery and the ivory tower, how venerable colleges, including Harvard, Princeton, William and Mary, Yale, and others, vied for the attention, land, sons, and money of plantation owners. Slavery provided financial support to the colleges and secure career prospects for many of their graduates, and many colleges owned slaves used for work, trade, and sale. What began for many universities as an ostensible mission of civilizing savages--Native Americans and Africans--later morphed into support for the establishment and development of colonies and territorial expansion. In the growing debate about slavery, abolition, and the movement to return Africans to Africa, prestigious universities and scholars helped to frame and address questions of theology, economics, medicine, history, and other areas of study in the growing debate around the issue, many legitimizing slavery and racism even as they benefited from it.
This lecture is presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with the African Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, Collegiate Women of Color, Hofstra Association of Black Journalists, NAACP Hofstra Chapter and NOAH Program.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus
Commemorating the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington
Monday, November 18, 2013
Hempstead, NY 11549
Contact:Hofstra Cultural Center