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Jepson Colloquium: Reconstruction and the Arc of Racial (In)Justice

The 2016–17 Jepson Colloquium invites scholars and experts from multiple disciplines to trace America's long struggle with racial justice through slavery and Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the civil rights movement and the present day. The colloquium complements the 2016–17 Jepson Leadership Forum, a series of programs that are free and open to the public, and gives students and the community an opportunity to interact with national and international leaders and scholars.

Small by design, the colloquium is limited to invited scholars, and papers are generally collected for an edited volume. The Jepson Colloquium is one way the School has added to its reputation as the intellectual home for a broad-based, liberal arts approach to leadership studies.



Edward L. Ayers, Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities, Professor and President Emeritus
University of Richmond
How the Enemies of Reconstruction Created Reconstruction

Edward E. Baptist, Professor of History
Cornell University
Creating White Freedom By Hunting Enslaved Africans

Thomas J. Brown, Professor of History
University of South Carolina
Reconstruction at Randolph Cemetery

James T. Downs, Associate Professor of History
Connecticut College
Unfinished Revolution: The Plight of the Black Seminoles during the Civil War and Reconstruction

Steven Fein, Chair and Professor of Psychology
Williams College
Social Psychological Perspectives on Racial Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Claudrena Harold, Associate Professor of History
University of Virginia
What about Us: African American Workers and the Struggle for Economic Justice in the Era of Diversity

Pippa Holloway, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History
Middle Tennessee State University
Subjected to Still Greater Punishment: Testimonial Incapacity as a Collateral Consequence of Criminal Conviction in the South

Charles Irons, Associate Professor of History and Chair, Department of History and Geography
Elon University
Urban Black Protestants and the Predicament of Emancipation

J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor and Head, Housing, Community and Economic Development Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Forging a Unified Proletariat 

Elizabeth R. Varon, Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History
University of Virginia
Veteran, Author, Activist:  Joseph T. Wilson of Norfolk and Black Leadership in the Civil War Era

Kidada Williams, Associate Professor of History
Wayne State University
Never Get Over It: Night Riding’s Imprint on African Americans

Eric Yellin, Associate Professor of History and American Studies
University of Richmond
Woodrow Wilson and the Reconstruction of Racial (In)Justice

Information for Participants

Co-director: George R. Goethals
Co-director: Julian Maxwell Hayter
Event Manager: Shannon Best

About the Jepson Colloquium

Past themes for the Jepson Colloquium have included ability and enhancement, conflict resolution, cultural leadership, leadership and the collective good, Lincoln's legacy of leadership, executive power, global justice, presidential leadership, and more.