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    Black History Month: Jesuits and Slavery

    Rev. David Collins, S.J.
    February 9, 2022

    As part of Diversity and Inclusion's “Lunch and Learn” series and an effort of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s Institutional Black History subcommittee, Rev. David Collins, S.J., will present "Jesuits and Slavery: A History in Search of Understanding" on Feb. 15.

    Jesuits and Slavery: A History in Search of UnderstandingPresentation by Rev. David Collins, S.J.Haub Director of Catholic Studies and Associate Professor of History, Georgetown UniversityTuesday, February 15, 202211:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.Via Zoom/ In-person Luncheon Kane forum, Leahy Hall 235Registration is required. Lunch will be offered to go.This presentation and Q&A will provide an overview of the participation by the Society of Jesus in slaveholding from the 16th to the 19th centuries and will explore what this legacy of racial injustice and anti-Black racism means for all U.S. Jesuit institutions, including The University of Scranton, today.Fr. Collins is an internationally recognized expert in processes of historical truth and reconciliation. For more than twenty years he has been involved in educational outreach on Jesuit history and slaveholding both to Jesuits and interested communities. He led Georgetown University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, which has garnered national attention since 2015, and he continues to play a consultative role for religious schools and other institutions trying to address historical connections to slaveholding and its legacy. He has recently been involved in conversations examining comparative processes of truth and reconciliation between the US, Canada, and Finland. By training, Fr. Collins is an intellectual and cultural historian of religion and science in Europe.For more information, visit and here. This program is open to the University community and the broader public. An in-person watch party will be open to University faculty, staff and students only.Co-sponsored by: The University of Scranton Jesuit Center, Office of Equity and Diversity, Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s Institutional Black History subcommittee, and Office of Community Relations, and the Multicultural Center.

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