Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Summer Institutes

High School Summer Institute

Reimagining New England Histories

The Reimagining New England Histories High School Summer Institute is a two-week enrichment program for students who are juniors or seniors in high school and who are Native American/African/African American/Afro-Indigenous.

During the two-week institute, students will work collaboratively as they engage in a series of talks and roundtables, museum and community center visits, strategy sessions on the meanings and purpose of "Just Futures." The institute will focus on resistance, healing, and community building as well as sovereignty, freedom and spirituality. Specific topics will include: communities' longstanding relationships with land and water, resistance to human trafficking and enslavement, Native American, African, Afro-Indigenous, and African American communities, social justice & resistance, historical and intergenerational trauma & healing, contemporary issues of justice and equity, water and land protections, community development, solidarities, and autonomy.

This program is organized by the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University, the Tomaquag Museum, Williams College, Mystic Seaport Museum and the Williams-Mystic Program. This program is offered free of cost.  Housing, meals, excursions, and travel to and from Brown University will be covered.

The Reimagining New England Histories High School Summer Institute will be held on Brown’s campus July 10 - 22, 2022. 

To apply we ask students to fill out the online form below. Answers to the brief questions on the form may be done via short written responses, video, or other creative form. 

Applications are to be completed no later than February 24, 2022. Selected students will receive an email of their acceptance no later than April 4, 2022. 

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Apply to the High School Summer Institute here

Preview the full High School Summer Institute application here

Undergraduate Summer Institute

Reimagining New England Histories

The Reimagining New England Histories Undergraduate Summer Institute is a two-week enrichment program for current undergraduates at Williams College, Brown University, and current undergraduate alumni of the Williams-Mystic Program.  Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply.

During the two-week institute, students will work collaboratively as they engage in a series of talks and roundtables, museum and community center visits, strategy sessions on the meanings and purpose of "Just Futures." The institute will focus on resistance, healing, and community building as well as sovereignty, freedom and spirituality. Specific topics will include: communities' longstanding relationships with land and water, resistance to human trafficking and enslavement, Native American, African, Afro-Indigenous, and African American communities, social justice & resistance, historical and intergenerational trauma & healing, contemporary issues of justice and equity, water and land protections, community development, solidarities, and autonomy.  

We encourage applications from undergraduate students from Brown, Williams or Williams-Mystic who hold one or more of the following identities:  First generation college student; African, African American, Native American, Afro-Indigenous; Non-US citizen of African descent.

This program is organized by the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice at Brown University, Williams College, the Williams-Mystic Program and Mystic Seaport Museum. This program is offered free of cost.  Housing, meals, excursions, and travel to and from Brown University will be covered.

The Reimagining New England Histories Undergraduate Summer Institute will be held on Brown’s campus June 12 - 24, 2022. 

To apply we ask students to fill out the online form below. Answers to the brief questions on the form may be done via short written responses, video, or other creative form. 

Applications are to be completed no later than February 24, 2022. Selected students will receive an email of their acceptance no later than April 4, 2022. 

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Apply to the Undergrduate Summer Institute here

Preview the full Undergraduate Summer Institute application here

Seeking Educator Feedback

K-12 Educator Feedback

Reimagining New England Histories

As part of our effort to reimagine New England histories, a committee of educators and scholars are beginning to develop a curriculum that will be made available to teachers and students. We are currently in the beginning stages of planning and are soliciting responses from teachers working in the K-12 setting about what this curriculum should look like and what it should include. To help guide this work, we have developed a brief survey below.  We thank you for taking a moment to answer a few questions that we will use to plan our next steps.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

CSSJ and John Carter Brown Library Joint Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University (CSSJ) and the John Carter Brown Library (JCB) invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship focused on any area/theme of historical scholarship around African racial slavery, and/or Indigenous dispossession and slavery. The fellowship is also open to scholars working on the relationships between African slavery and Indigenous slavery and dispossession as well as related issues of freedom and sovereignty. Combining the mission and resources of the CSSJ and the JCB, we expect to support a single fellow doing advanced research for a year in residence beginning July 2022. The CSSJ-JCB postdoctoral fellowship is expected to be offered annually in recognition of our collective commitment to advance scholarship in critical areas.  Applications representing a wide range of disciplinary perspectives are welcome.

For more information and to apply, please visit Interfoliohttp://apply.interfolio.com/100709

Search opens January 12, 2022. Applications received by March 4, 2022 will receive full consideration.