Rethinking Race & Slavery Breakout Sessions

9:30-10:30, Race as a Political, Cultural, and Educational Problem

Session 1: Past and Present—Power, Race, and Slavery’s Legacies

Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut, “White Supremacy and White Privilege: Legacies of Slavery.” 

Edward Carson, Governor’s Academy, “Teaching W.E.B. DuBois’s Black Reconstruction 400 Years Later.” 

Moderated by Sinha and Central Conn. State U faculty

Session 2: When and How to Start Teaching Children About Slavery & Race

LaQuanda Walters Cooper, George Mason University, “North American Enslaved Societies: A Gallery Walk.”

Sarah Buscher, Washington D.C. Public Schools, Natalie Stapert, The Lowell School, Washington D.C., “Talking About Racism in Elementary School.”

Moderated by Rob Dowling and students Austin Gatesman and Will Goldman

Session 3: Enforcing the Color Line

Jason Haynes, St. Luke’s School, “The Language of ‘Scientific Racism’ in Late-Antebellum America.”

Katy Perry, Avon Old Farms School, “Mapping Inequality: From Redlining During the New Deal to Environmental Racism Today.”


Moderated by Shelton Magee and AOF student Terrell Jarvis

Session 4: Slavery and the Creation of Culture

Lauren O’Connell, Ithaca College, “Visualizing the Architectural Legacies of Slavery.”

Barbara Tischler, Academy of St. Joseph, New York City, “‘A Negro Has No Name. . .’ Constructing Identities of Enslaved People Using Primary Sources.”

Moderated by Central Connecticut State U history faculty and AOF student Jordan Bernard