The Franklin College and the department of history welcome to campus Craig Steven Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History at MIT, who will deliver the 2017 Gregory Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Chapel. His talk will be on "Slavery and Universities in Revolutionary America":
In the aftermath of the American Revolution, higher education underwent a period of dramatic expansion. This academic revolution aimed to correct the deficiencies of the fledgling republic and protect the young nation from the monarchial and undemocratic influences of European universities. Human slavery funded the rise of these new campuses, and these new universities created yet another justification for sustaining human bondage.
Sponsored by the History Department and the Amanda and Greg Gregory Graduate Studies Support Fund.
The Gregory's are great supporters of academic programs at UGA and this lecture is a testament to the exemplary scholarship they bring to campus. Dr. Wilder is the author of the highly acclaimed and broadly awarded non-fiction book, Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities (2014). This should be great.