David C. Driskell Center

Washington Area Consortium for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation


The consortium is an association of scholars, students, and interested citizens from the Washington area who have come together to study slavery and emancipation. Founded in 2000, the consortium sponsors such activities as seminars, public forums, and conferences. The interests of the consortium are interdisciplinary and broad in time and space, reaching back to antiquity and across the Atlantic. But its focus is on the rise and demise of modern slavery between the fourteenth and twentieth centuries and on how slavery and emancipation shaped the lives of the peoples of Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

Participants in the consortium's programs have come from Washington area universities, federal agencies, and cultural institutions. The consortium was organized by scholars from Howard University, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland and has received support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora. Its programs are open to the public.

For further information or to be added to the consortium's e-mail list, contact Joseph P. Reidy.