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Race, Slavery, and Land. Moravian Legacies in a Global Context, 1722-2000

November 4-5, 2022

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June 2022, marked the 300th anniversary of the founding of Herrnhut by Count Nikolas von Zinzendorf, the 290th of the sending of the first two Moravian missionaries to the Danish West Indies (present U.S. Virgin Islands), and the 281st of the founding of Bethlehem on the land of the Lenape nation. More than ever before institutions, movements, and communities are facing their own histories and the role of racism and slavery therein. This calls for the rethinking and investigation of the interactions of race, slavery, and land in Moravian institutions and communities across global contexts. The symposium has leading historians, anthropologists, and political scientists from South Africa, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the United States discussing the legacies of racism, slavery, and land ownership in Moravian Communities globally. 

The symposium is sponsored by President Bryon Grigsby; Provost Carol Traupman-Carr; The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; The Center of Moravian Studies; Arts and Lectures; The Department of History, and InFocus.


Moravian University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.
If you anticipate needing any type of accommodations or have questions about physical access provided,
please contact Dr. Heikki Lempa at at least one week prior to the event.