Radical Reasoning

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Radical Reasoning: Universities and the Legacy of Slavery. This event will use the recent report released by Harvard University on its ties to slavery as a springboard to discuss the legacies of slavery and imperialism in universities both locally and globally. 

The readings for this event are as follows: 


  1. Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery Report - Introduction, Section 5, and Conclusion
    1. For an abbreviated version, see “The Major Findings of Harvard’s Report on its Ties to Slavery”, Anemona Hartocollis, The New York Times
  2. The Report on Race that Shook America by Justin Driver, The Atlantic 



These short readings are designed to make connections to Oxford as well as elaborate on the report. They are completely optional for the session!

  1. Balliol College apologises 300 years of taking money from the slave trade by Anvee Bhutani, The Cherwell 
  2. All Souls College change Codrington Library name, but keep statue of slaveholder by Amelia Wood, The Cherwell 
  3. Protestors rally in Oxford for removal of Rhodes statue by Aamna Mohdin, The Guardian (June 2020) 
  4. Balancing the Story of Harvard and Slavery, by David Kaiser, The Harvard Crimson

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While there are no current COVID-19 restrictions, there remains a risk of COVID-19 transmission.

As such we encourage attendees to take steps to reduce COVID-19 risks, and be considerate towards others. This includes:

Letting fresh air in when indoors

Respecting those who choose to wear a face covering

Respecting other people’s space


Part of the Race and Resistance Programme events.