Past Initiatives
Emancipations Lab

Emancipations Lab

Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

The academic year 2012-13 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863), President Lincoln's Executive Order that immediately freed slaves in the 'rebellious states,' heralding the final collapse of slavery nationwide. The Center for the Humanities marks this turning point with Emancipations, a year-long, in-depth series to interpret and explore how and why American slavery came to an end, what followed, and how these events relate to the broader patterns of slavery and freedom in other places and times.

Through exciting public events, such as talks, scholarly symposia and workshops, off-campus events with partner institutions, thoughtful programs related to undergraduate coursework, and essaysEmancipations launches important conversations about how slavery, its destruction, and its aftermath have shaped the modern world.

The roster of public events include talks by historians Steven Hahn (University of Pennsylvania), Heather Thompson (Temple University), Tiya Miles (University of Michigan), and Eddie Glaude (Princeton), all leading figures in the study of slavery's antecedents and legacies.

Download the Emancipations Series Poster