Thursday, April 12

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1:00-5:00, Open to the Public

Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute


1:00-1:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Sarah Thomas, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty and Arts and Sciences

1:15-2:45 The Past is Present | Keynote Conversation

  • Craig Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Chair of Women's Research & Resource Centers, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies, Spelman College

Craig Wilder & Beverly Guy-Sheftall will discuss the historical and current relationships between Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and majority institutions. They will examine the intellectual, economic, cultural, and structural roots of these relationships and how these institutions can reckon with the past in order to make meaningful change in the present and future.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Scholars Report on Research Experience | Panel Discussion

Moderator: A'lelia Bundles, journalist and author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker


  • Garrett Felber, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Mississippi and Visiting Scholar in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University
  • Valerie Boyd, Charlayne Hunter-Gault Professor of Journalism and Director of MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction, University of Georgia; author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
  • Anastasia Curwood, Associate Professor, Director, African American & Africana Studies, University of Kentucky

Within the libraries and archives of many HBCUs and black community repositories lie the rich historical record of black lives and organizations. Scholars seek even greater access to the records held in these repositories. In this panel, scholars who have worked with black archival collections discuss their research experience and brainstorm how the scholarly community can help facilitate preservation and access to collections of underrepresented communities.

    4:30-5:00 Questions & Answers

    • Julieanna Richardson, Founder and Executive Director of The History Makers

    6:00-10:00 Dinner at the Sheraton Commander Invitational