Examining Slavery’s Legacy In Politics, Economics and In Stone

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Duke Today

Conference Panel

Poor scholarship can reinforce false narratives about black inferiority, said Duke economist William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr. “Economists more than any other discipline have been engaged in the process of arguing that discrimination cannot be persistent – and therefore it must be going away,” Darity said.

Historical monuments can provide clear windows onto our nation’s troubled racial past -- or they can obscure more than they reveal. And universities have a special obligation to examine how we memorialize the past, said speakers at a two-day symposium “American Universities, Monuments, and the Legacies of Slavery.”

The event drew crowds to the Holsti-Anderson Room at Perkins Library on March 30 and 31 to hear leading scholars of history, law, economics, art history and sociology. 

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