Is freedom universal? What does freedom really mean? Questions like these and more will be answered at the 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium.
Speakers from communities that were forced together as a result of the slave trade and European colonialism in Africa and the Americas will join together on Monday, Nov. 11, at the 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History to discuss insights and remembrance in the 400th year since enslaved Africans arrived at Jamestown in 1619.
The symposium is a culmination of the semester-long 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Project, focusing on what the arrival of Africans in the English-speaking colonies meant for European colonists, Native Americans and the Africans themselves, said Stephanie Cobert, the public communications officer for the Stone Center.
Cobert said that instead of using a traditional lecture format, the Stone Center wanted to inspire a flow of ideas and perspectives through discussion between speakers and audience members.
"We wanted to provide a welcoming space for people to have these conversations about what 1619 means on a historical and cultural level and to develop this understanding and think and ask questions that they might not have thought of before,” Cobert said.