2021-2022 book: Ebony & Ivy by Craig Steven Wilder

2021-2022 Book: Ebony & Ivy – by Craig Steven Wilder

Hard copies are available at Sawyer and Schow Libraries. E-Books are available using this link!

A groundbreaking exploration of the intertwined histories of slavery, racism, and higher education in America, from a leading African American historian.

A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery–setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In Ebony and Ivy, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.

Many of America’s revered colleges and universities–from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to Rutgers, Williams College, and UNC–were soaked in the sweat, the tears, and sometimes the blood of people of color. Slavery funded colleges, built campuses, and paid the wages of professors. Enslaved Americans waited on faculty and students; academic leaders aggressively courted the support of slave owners and slave traders. Significantly, as Wilder shows, our leading universities, dependent on human bondage, became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained them.

Ebony and Ivy is a powerful and propulsive study and the first of its kind, revealing a history of oppression behind the institutions usually considered the cradle of liberal politics.

Williams Reads Events

Williams’ Spaces, Places, and Names: A Williams Reads exhibit.
Pop-up exhibits located in Sawyer Library and Schow Library from January 18 until the end of February

Historian Panel

Event Recording

January 20, 2022, 12 – 1 p.m.

Lynn Rainville,Ph.D
Stefan Bradley, Ph.D.
David Varel, Ph.D

Moderator: Jacqueline Hidalgo

Zoom Link: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 997 053 2797
Passcode: 2xnLmF

Alumni Panel

Event Recording

January 21, 2022, 12 – 1 p.m.

Tatiana M.F. Cruz,Ph.D
Aston Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Jallicia Jolly, Ph.D.

Moderator: Shivon Robinson, Ph.D