The University of Virginia and its President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (PCUAS) will host the USS conference from September 28-October 1st, 2022: Legacies of Slavery | Landscapes of Segregation. The theme seeks to highlight slavery’s many enduring legacies after emancipation and also confront the American academy’s history of both benefitting from and perpetuating those legacies. We seek to examine a wide variety of topics: reconstruction, disfranchisement, redlining, racially restrictive zoning, racial terrorism, policing and incarceration, racist science’s impacts on public policy, and resulting inequalities in health, industry, housing, and education from 1865 to the present. Although the central theme focuses on the post-emancipation world, the conference will address a wide array of topics related to slavery, slavery’s afterlives, and universities.
The conference is free but registration is required. It is co-sponsored by Virginia Humanities.