Please check this page regularly for updated information on events sponsored or supported by the Working Group on Slavery, Memory & Reconciliation. An archive of events is listed below. 

Working group members, Dr. David Collins, S.J., Dr. Marcia Chatelain, and Dr. Adam Rothman speak at a Reunion Weekend event. 

2015-2016 Events Archive


Georgetown University's DC Emancipation Day Symposium
April 12-21, 2016

Every April 16th, the District of Columbia celebrates Emancipation Day, commemorating President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, which ended the institution of slavery in the nation’s capital.  This landmark legislation freed 3,100 individuals, providing them money to emigrate, and offering compensation to those who had previously “owned” them.


In honor of this historic event, the Georgetown University Working Group on Slavery, Memory & Reconciliation invites you attend a Symposium and a series of commemorative events.  These events feature perspectives from leading scholars, writers, and artists exploring the historical legacy of slavery both locally and nationally.

  • April 12, 15, 16
    • Historical Walking Tours of sites on and around campus linked to the institution of slavery and Georgetown.  Led by Working Group Member, Matthew Quallen (F'16)
  • April 13
    • African American Life in Washington, DC, Before Emancipation. Panel discussion at the National Archives Museum featuring Working Group Member Georgetown professor Maurice Jackson; Mark Auslander, Central Washington University; and NMAAHC curators Nancy Bercaw and Mary Elliott. Moderated by John W. Franklin of the NMAAHC.
  • April 18
    • Archives Exhibit open to public in Lauinger Library
    • Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation Exhibit and Archives Presentation by Dr. Adam Rothman, Associate Professor of History
    • Interfaith Service 
    • Jim Wallis, president and founder of Sojourners, on his book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America 
    • Dr. Kimberly Juanita Brown, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies at Mount Holyoke College, on her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary
    • “Freedom in the 21st Century” featuring four recipients of the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award (VIDEO HERE)
    • Docudrama, God and Country, written and directed by Rev. Khristi Adams of Campus Ministry
  • April 19 
    • The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Dr. Ed Baptist, Associate Professor of History at Cornell University, on his book 
    • Master Class: KanKouran West African Dance Company - Following the class, Mr. Konte, founder of KanKouran led a brief discussion and "talk back" about the history of West African Dance. 
  • April 20
    • Unjust Enrichment: The Social Debt From Slavery, Segregation and Racial Discrimination. Are There Remedies? - Georgetown Professor Richard F. America and Dr. Valerie Wilson of the Economic Policy Institute
  • April 21
    • War and Priests: Catholic Colleges and Slavery in the Age of Revolution - Dr. Craig Wilder, professor of History at MIT and author of Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities in conversation with Dr. Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Working Group member


  • March 18, 2016
    • "The Life and Times of 'Gabriel': Slavery in Late Sixteenth-Century Western India," Early Modern Global History Seminar Series
  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm (Conference Room, ICC 651)
    • Information Session on Freedom and Remembrance Grants
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm (Luce Room, ICC 563)
    • Information Session on Freedom and Remembrance Grants


    • February 3, 2016
      • "Jesuits and Justice in DC: Race, Poverty, and Peacemaking at Home from the 1960s to the Present"



    • December 11, 2015
      • Ceremony recognizing Freedom Hall and Remembrance Hall
    • December 1, 2015
      • Teach-In and Launch of Spring Semester Activities 

    • November 18, 2015 
      • Fall 2015 Conversation Circle
    • November 19, 2015
      • Fall 2015 Conversation Circles
    For more details, please email