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Media Advisory – Dalhousie University reception to mark completion of the Lord Dalhousie Scholarly Panel on Slavery and Race

Posted by Media Centre on September 5, 2019 in News

Halifax, NS (Sept. 5, 2019) – The Dalhousie University community will gather at an evening reception in recognition of the conclusion of the Lord Dalhousie Scholarly Panel on Slavery and Race and to acknowledge the extensive contributions of its nine-member panel and contributors.

In 2015, the Lord Dal Panel was established to examine the legacy of our namesake, George Ramsay (Lord Dalhousie), in order to better understand the complicated and controversial questions surrounding his historic links to the institution of slavery and racial injustice. The panel has gathered the historical facts on Lord Dalhousie’s statements and actions; interpreted those facts in both their historical and modern context; and recommended actions that Dalhousie could take to respond to this legacy in order to build a stronger, more inclusive university that fully reflects our history, values and aspirations.

More details about the Lord Dal Panel can be found online here and the final report will be available online in advance of the reception.

Date/Time: September 5, 2019, 6PM

Location: Life Sciences Research Institute Atrium - 1344 Summer St. Halifax, NS.

Interview Opportunities:

  • Dr. Teri Balser, Dalhousie University Interim President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Dr. Kevin Hewitt, Dalhousie University Senate Chair
  • Dr. Afua Cooper, Chair, Scholarly Panel on Lord Dalhousie's Relationship to Slavery and Race

Dr. Afua Cooper is an author, Dalhousie University educator and researcher. She is the former James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies and founder of the Black Canadian Studies Association. Her research interests are African Canadian studies, with specific regard to the period of enslavement and emancipation in 18th and 19th century Canada and the Black Atlantic; African-Nova Scotian history; political consciousness; community building and culture; slavery’s aftermath; and Black youth studies.


Media contacts:
Sarah Dawson
Senior Communications Advisor
Dalhousie University


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