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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Symposium: Emancipation at 150


Tuesday, April 23, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Murray Function Room 
Boston College

Space is limited. Registration is required by April 19.

The symposium brings together several of the nation's leading scholars to discuss the origins, aftermath, and legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the broader themes of slavery, freedom, and politics. Panelists will share their perspectives on what emancipation meant to Americans during the Civil War; its significance in American society, law, economics, and politics; and its significance to the history and/or theories of constitutional democracy and racial oppression across the globe.

event schedule


9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks  

  • Vlad Perju, Boston College Law School and Director, Clough Center
  • David Quigley, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College        

10:15 a.m.

Panel I
The Origins and Process of Emancipation

  • Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School
  • Thavolia Glymph, Duke University
  • Michael Vorenberg, Brown University
  • Moderator: Cynthia Lyerly, Boston College, History
11:45 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

Panel II
The Aftermath of Emancipation

  • Sven Beckert, Harvard University
  • Richard Blackett, Vanderbilt University
  • Matthew Pratt Guterl, Brown University  
  • Moderator: Heather Cox Richardson, Boston College, History
2:30 p.m. Coffee Break

2:45 p.m.

Panel III
Contemporary Issues of Oppression

  • Jamal Greene, Columbia Law School
  • Charles Mills, Northwestern University
  • Kaia Stern, Harvard University
  • Moderator: Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, Boston College, Philosophy
4:30 p.m.
Keynote Address
Dylan Penningroth, Northwestern University
Introduction by Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law

Reception to follow.