Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights
Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation presents
VENTURE SMITH TO THE PRESENT
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 9:00 - 5:00 pm
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street Hartford, Connecticut 06106
This international event will look at slavery and its impact at key historical points, with the goal of exploring ways to confront the persistent scourge of human bondage in all its forms.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Beecher House Center welcomes all kinds of proposals, for papers, panels, exhibitions, witnesses, and live interactive events.
Keynote Speakers - to be re-confirmed
Rosa L. DeLauro - United States Congresswoman, CT-3rd
Dr. K. Opoku-Agyemang, Cape Coast University, Ghana
Conference topics to be explored include but are not limited to:
• The scope and causes of modern-day slavery throughout the world
• Who are the primary stakeholders involved?
• Are today’s bonded laborers, sex trade workers, and child soldiers in fact slaves?
• The impact of African slave culture on American and Europe
• The role and attitudes of America’s founding fathers in supporting and opposing slavery
• The role and complicity of African and Arab commerce in the 17th -18th-century slave trade
• Defining the nature of the “freedom” achieved by Venture Smith in 1765 and the 4 million former slaves in 1865
The above list is not conclusive; we welcome all kinds of proposals, for papers, panels, exhibitions, witnesses, and live interactive events. Please review the call for papers (link below) and submit proposals via email to the Beecher House Center at info@VentureSmith.org.