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Students crossing State Street in front of the Michigan Union on the Ann Arbor campus, 1947
In-Person & Virtual

Confronting an Institution’s Pasts

Inclusive History Project + Eisenberg Institute
for Historical Studies Symposium

  • Date
    Friday, February 10, 2023
    12:00 - 2:00 pm

Over the past twenty years, scores of universities have committed themselves to uncovering and reckoning with their ties to slavery as well as broader histories of exclusion and discrimination at their institutions. As the University of Michigan embarks on its own Inclusive History Project, this symposium explored what it means for universities to undertake this work and what the future of these efforts might be. Panelists representing projects from Brown University, Harvard University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison discussed the principles that have guided their projects, the processes that have shaped them, the communities that have partnered with them, and the outcomes they have produced, including reparative measures.


  • Kacie Lucchini Butcher (Public History Project Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • James Campbell (Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University)
  • Evelynn Hammonds (Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies; Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University; Audre Lorde Visiting Professor of Queer Studies, Spelman College)
  • Kirt von Daacke (Assistant Dean and Professor of History, University of Virginia)
  • Elizabeth Cole, moderator (University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Afroamerican and African Studies; Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan)
  • Earl Lewis, moderator (Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy; Director and founder, Center for Social Solutions, University of Michigan)

This event was presented by the Inclusive History Project and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It was made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.