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ARHU Dean’s Colloquium Series on Race, Equity and Justice with Perla Guerrero

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African American history is American history, and the Black experience, from the local community level to the African Diaspora, belongs at the center. Examining the experiences of Black people, their literature, and the many other methods of cultural expression, archivists and scholars are exploring new techniques to collect, document, and understand their stories. Some narratives are embedded in the archive, but hidden, while others remain outside the archive. Whether generated in the digital humanities or the history of local communities, records of these experiences need to be gathered, cataloged, archived, and shared for now and the future. Roundtable participants are pioneering new ways of documenting the African American experience and giving it its rightful place in the archive. The presenters’ perspectives are at the core of teaching anti-racist ideologies and shedding light on anti-Black racist practices. Please join us for an exploration of history and archiving practices that matter. Registration opens two weeks in advance to the event.


Aleia Brown, Assistant Director African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative, University of Maryland

Joni Floyd, Curator, Maryland & Historical Collections, University of Maryland

Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist, University of Maryland

Zita Nunes, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Maryland

The Q&A will be moderated by Doug McElrath Director, Special Collections & University Archives, and Tahirah Akbar-Williams, Education and African American Studies Librarian.