Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

For Brown’s slavery and justice center, a legacy of scholarship at the five-year mark

Immediately upon opening its doors in 2012, Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) launched a rich yearlong series of programs that asked critical questions about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its legacies and ramifications for the present.

Tony Bogues at conference
Center Director Prof. Tony Bogues
Credit: Rythum Vinoben

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Immediately upon opening its doors in 2012, Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) launched a rich yearlong series of programs that asked critical questions about the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its legacies and ramifications for the present.

“The CSSJ is a center in the world,” said Anthony Bogues, the CSSJ’s founding director. “It does not just reside in the academic space. Sometimes the academy tends to be isolated from the world, but we are engaged with it. We have no other option, because the issues and questions we work on demand rigorous scholarship and are critical to the world we live in today.”

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