Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Meeting September 30 & October 1.

The next meeting of Universities Studying Slavery, a consortium created by the UVA PCSU to encourage institutional sharing as they individually work on acknowledgement and reconciliation for past ties to slavery, will be held at the College of William and Mary on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

Thank you so much to Professor Jody Allen and the Lemon Project for hosting. The meeting is free and open to any institution interested in attending. If planning on attending, please email PCSU Co-Chair Kirt von Daacke (kv2h@virginia.edu) and Lemon Project Director Jody Allen (jlalle@wm.edu) to let us know you will come.


Meeting Schedule:

Friday, September 30, 2016  (Wren Building Great Hall)
10:00am – 11:00am
• Welcome to William & Mary
• Introductions All Around

11:00am – 12:00am
• Tour of the Wren Building

12:15pm – 1:15pm
• Lunch

1:15pm – 1:45pm
• About the Lemon Project

1:45pm – 4:00pm
• USS Participant Update (Panel of USS Participants)

• Presentations by Clemson University, Georgetown University,           Washington and Lee University, and the University of Mississippi


• We will walk to the College Delly for an informal happy hour.

• Dinner on your own–we have options here, including The Lokal, The Blue Talon, Dog Street Pub, and Seasons. The assembled group will head to the Wren and can make decisions at that time about dinner (together? in small groups?).

Saturday, October 1 (Visitor’s Board Rm Blow Hall 3rd floor)
10:00am – 11:00am
The Bray School Dig: Mark Kostro, Archaeologist

11:15am – 12:30pm
Roundtable Discussion: Community Engagement

• How are different institutions connecting to the local community?

• What are the potential pitfalls, roadblocks, and challenges to community engagement?

• What has worked? Why has it worked?


• Next Meeting (we will discuss, but UVA wants to host again in fall 2017 as part of a big series of events related to our bicentennial and slavery at the University.)

• Outreach to other institutions? (please come with suggestions, or invite other schools to reach out to the PCSU)


If you are traveling from afar, here are three hotel suggestions (it should be easy to book a room in Williamsburg, it is not a home football weekend and with school in session, it is also not high tourist season at Colonial Williamsburg):

Hilton Garden Inn
1624 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, USA TEL: +1-757-253-9400 FAX: +1-757-253-8600

Hampton Inn & Suites
718 Bypass Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, USA TEL: +1-757-229-7330 FAX: +1-757-229-7332

Courtyard Marriott (near Busch Gardens)
470 McLaws Circle Williamsburg, VA 757-221-0700

Directions to Williamsburg/William & Mary, and campus map.


If this is your first time to the Williamsburg area, there’s quite a bit to see and do while you are in Tidewater (before or after the USS meeting).

Some suggestions:

Colonial Williamsburg

Prime Outlets

Williamsburg Winery