Historians Against Slavery Keynote Luncheon: Clarence G. Newsome, PhD

“A Birth of a New Freedom”
Clarence G. Newsome, PhD is the president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Tsione Wolde-Michael, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Nancy Bercaw, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution

Co-hosted by Historians Against Slavery & the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Historians Against Slavery Conference

1:30-3:00 – Concurrent Panels
Panel: “Contemporary Lessons from Past Abolitionists”

Chair: Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University
Nikki Berg Burin, University of North Dakota, “Sex and Slavery in North Dakota: Past and Present”
Elizabeth Regosin, St. Lawrence University, “’Down with slavery everywhere’: Frederick Douglass as a Guide to Prison Abolitionists”
Christopher P. Momany, Adrian College, “The Consequentialist Century: How Outcomes-Based Thinking is Enabling Contemporary Human Trafficking”

Historians Against Slavery Conference

9:00-10:30 – Concurrent Panels
Panel: “The Perils and Rewards of Using the Term Slavery”

Chair: Zoe Trodd, University of Nottingham
Jeffrey R. Kerr-Ritchie, Howard University: “The Comparative Fallacy: New Slaves and Old Slaves”
Lyndsey Beutin, University of Pennsylvania: “Making Human Trafficking Modern-Day Slavery: Scholarly, Institutional, and State Discourse”
Norberto O. Ferreras, Fluminense Federal University, “From the Epistemic to the Political War: The 57A/1999 Constitutional Amendment in Brazil”

Historians Against Slavery Conference

2:00-3:30 Concurrent Sessions
Panel: “Interrogating the Efficacy of State Intervention against Slavery, Then and Now”
Chair: Jean Allain, Queen’s University, Belfast
Paul Finkelman, University of Saskatchewan and University of Pennsylvania, “What We Can Learn from the Closing of the African Slave Trade and the Twentieth Century Suppression of Slavery: International Law, Legal Regulation and History”

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today the United Nations observes International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The day is meant to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade and give people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of the slave trade. This day also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world.


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