MIT Forum for Equity: MIT and Slavery (2020)

Presented by the MIT Alumni Association, the Forum for Equity aims to engage alumni through thoughtful online conversations that help educate, inform, and examine the problems focused on social justice and help to catalyze change in our communities and in the world.

In this interactive forum from October 1, 2020, Professor Craig Wilder and a panel of students share highlights from their recent and ongoing research on the relationships between slavery and the founding of MIT and other scientific and engineering institutions. Participants gained a greater appreciation of this research initiative launched in 2018 and insights into the development of the current two-course curriculum within the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. 


Craig Wilder, Barton L. Weller Professor of History
Alaisha Alexander '18, Graduate student, Stanford University 
Danielle Geathers, Course 2 undergraduate and President, MIT Undergraduate Association 
Kelvin Green II, Course 8 undergraduate 
Clare Kim PhD '19
Charlotte Minsky '20, Forthcoming graduate student, University of Cambridge


Joe McGonegal, Director of Alumni Education, MIT


MIT & Slavery Media Collection at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

MIT & Slavery website at MIT Libraries

Timeline: 2020s
School: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department: HistoryHumanities
Career: Arts & HumanitiesCommunityEducation
Object: Video
Collection: Craig S. Wilder, Curricula, Faculty, Rising Voices 1995-Present, Students