Race and Resistance, 1858 & 2008: Activists and Allies

Oberlin College, in conjunction with the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue Coalition, will host a two-day symposium, "Race and Resistance, 1858 and 2008: Activists and Allies," on Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, 2008, in the King Building (room 106) on the Oberlin campus. This symposium is part of a series of events marking the 150th anniversary of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue, a dramatic act of civil disobedience that underscored early Oberlin's commitment to African American freedom and antislavery mobilization. The symposium will bring together students, activists, and scholars, as well as community members and other interested individuals, to explore the history and legacy of struggles for racial justice before the Civil War and their resonance and relevance for our communities today. Scheduled for the first weekend after a history-making presidential election, the symposium will offer a timely opportunity to connect past, present and future as we explore together how concerned individuals can work to make our society more just and more equitable. The symposium is free and open to the public. Funding has been provided by the Ohio Humanities Council, the Nord Family Foundation, and Oberlin College, including the Office of the President, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, Multicultural Resource Center, African American Studies Department, History Department, Sociology Department, and Comparative American Studies Program. For more information, please email gary.kornblith@oberlin.edu.

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