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The Working Group on the Influence of Slavery on American University was formed in 2018 to investigate the place of slavery in AU’s history, explore its implications, and recommend ways to address that history. We invite the AU community, past and present, to engage deeply with the Group’s findings and recommendations available on this site and to join us for a discussion about our next steps. As a community, we must grapple with our past in order to build a meaningful vision of our future.

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  • David Aldridge, alumnus (Class of 1987)
  • Bette J. Dickerson, Interim Assistant Vice President, Campus Life; Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology
  • Nickolaus Mack, undergraduate student
  • Leslie Nellis, Associate Archivist
  • Christine Platt, Managing Director, Antiracist Policy and Research Center
  • Sybil Roberts, Director, African-American and African Diaspora Studies Program
  • Malgorzata J. Rymsza-Pawlowska, Director, Graduate Program in Public History; Assistant Professor, Department of History
  • Mark Schaefer, University Chaplain

AU Community Roundtable

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
1-2:30 pm
McDowell Formal Lounge

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