Symposium Steering Committee Members

Welcome Letter


We are delighted to announce registration is open for the Emory University symposium:  
“In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession: Emory, Racism and the Journey towards Restorative Justice,” scheduled to take place September 29 – October 1, 2021, on both the Emory Atlanta and Oxford campuses. The symposium is open to the public at no charge. 

Over the past few months, the symposium steering committee has worked collaboratively to design a program that will serve to reckon with Emory’s legacy of slavery and racism and its ongoing, enduring effects. When the call for proposals for the symposium was shared with the broad community, we received more than 60 proposals. 

The final symposium programming, presented in a hybrid format with in-person and virtual attendance options, will move participants through three angles of reflection and engagement: A focus on the history of slavery, dispossession, and racism at Emory, in the region, and at other universities; the impact and legacies of slavery, dispossession, and racism; and pathways toward healing and restorative justice. Sessions and content will focus primarily on the perspectives of Black, Native American, and Indigenous peoples. 

We hope you will plan to join us, either in person or virtually. If you are planning to join us in person on either of the Emory campuses, we want you to know we are following Emory COVID-19 policies and guidelines, and we will continue to evaluate and make decisions around programming to provide the safest way to come together. All sessions will be recorded and the content made available at the completion of the symposium. 

Please register today! 

Warm regards, 

Symposium Steering Committee Members

Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor and chair of African American Studies 
Yolanda Cooper, Co-Chair, Dean and University Librarian  
Clint Fluker, Curator for African American History and Culture, Rose Library 
Camille Goldman, Graduate Student, Department of History 
Carol Henderson, Co-Chair, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Special Advisor to the President 
Johannes Kleiner, Associate Director Civic and Community Engagement 
Malinda Maynor Lowery, Cahoon Family Professor in American History
Carlton Mackey, Director Ethics and Arts Program 
Beth Michel (Tohono O’odham), Associate Dean of Admission at Emory
Megan O’Neil, Assistant Professor of Art History and Faculty Curator, Michael C. Carlos Museum
Alix Lindsey Olson, Assistant Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Oxford College 
Megan Pendleton, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Oxford College 
Ronald Poole II, Undergraduate Student 
Walter Rucker, Professor, Department of African American Studies and History 
Anjulet Tucker, Director of Presidential Initiatives and Special Projects, Office of the President 
Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Associate Professor of American and African American Studies