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Spring Symposium: Emancipation & the 13th Amendment: The Legacy of Enslavement
May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The United States of America, “a nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” began as a slave society. This history of enslavement has left an indelible imprint on our nation’s soul. Recent racially violent events that occurred in towns from Claremont, NH to Charlottesville, VA have put a spotlight on the country’s failure to have authentic conversations about slavery and its legacy.
This symposium will explore the legacy of enslavement and the psychological effects of centuries of systemic racism that have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors that are detrimental and destructive to the nation. The program will also explore how varying levels of socially learned stress-related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery. Through interactive dialogue, participants will have an opportunity to unlock their own truths by critically evaluating history, medicine, science and education.