Slavery and the Humanities in the University

Filed under Academic, Events on October 22, 2017.
Thursday, 26 October at 5:30 pm, Smathers Library 100
Alfred Brophy (University of Alabama) will discuss the relationship between pre-Civil War Southern universities and slavery. Southern intellectuals once used university research and teaching in the humanities to defend the institution of slavery in the courts and promote it among the public. Abolitionists from outside the academy also turned to the humanities to support their arguments to abolish slavery. The public debate over slavery and integration illustrates the central role that university humanities programs play in addressing major social issues of our time.

On Thursday, 26 October at 5:30 p.m in Smathers Library 100,  Alfred Brophy (University of Alabama) will discuss the relationship between pre-Civil War Southern universities and slavery. Southern intellectuals once used university research and teaching in the humanities to defend the institution of slavery in the courts and promote it among the public. Abolitionists from outside the academy also turned to the humanities to support their arguments to abolish slavery. The public debate over slavery and integration illustrates the central role that university humanities programs play in addressing major social issues of our time.