Johns Hopkins to host virtual symposium on slavery, racism, and the university Dec. 3

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Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by Tim Rawle/Flickr.

Last year, Johns Hopkins University scholars discovered that the university’s founder, Johns Hopkins, may have been a slave owner.

The discovery came as a surprise, as many believed that Hopkins was a staunch abolitionist. 

While some scholars have disputed the claim, it has raised questions about the legacies of slavery and racism at universities. 

On Dec. 3, Johns Hopkins will host a virtual symposium, “Conversations on Slavery, Racism, and the University.” 

In the three-part event, university scholars and professors will discuss research and methodologies, the legacies of slavery and racism at universities, and the path forward. 

The panels will feature ten Hopkins-affiliated scholars and one professor from Georgetown University. 

The three panels will take place from 12:15-1:45 p.m., 2:00-3:30 p.m., and 3:45-5:00 p.m. 

The event is free, but registration is required. 

 



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