The Princeton & Slavery Project, a scholarly investigation of Princeton University’s historical engagement with the institution of slavery, hosts a scholarly symposium on November 17-18, 2017. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will deliver the keynote address. Other featured speakers include Project director Martha A. Sandweiss (Princeton University), Ruth Simmons (Brown University), Leslie Harris (Northwestern University), Eric Foner (Columbia University), and Danielle Allen (Harvard University).

Currently the keynote address by Toni Morrison on Friday, November 17, is sold out. Watch a simulcast of the address from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex. Free but seating is limited; seating is first-come, first-served.

For those who are not able to obtain tickets to the other Symposium events, the symposium will be webcast live at:

View the full schedule of events at

Other weekend events include McCarter Theatre’s world premiere on Nov. 19 of “The Princeton and Slavery Plays,” seven newly-commissioned short plays based on historical documents uncovered as a part of the research project. Playwrights include: Nathan Alan Davis, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Dipika Guha, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06, Kwame Kwei-Armah, McCarter Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann, and Regina Taylor.

In addition, the Princeton University Art Museum will host a public conversation with Titus Kaphar on Thursday, Nov. 16, related to a new sculpture commissioned for the Project that explores the ways in which we create identity, racial structures, and economies in visual form. In the Museum’s galleries, artworks from Kaphar’s existing body of work will be featured in an exhibition that relates more broadly to representations of history in the United States, and in particular how African American identity is constructed and reinforced by their visual representation and/or absence in art.

Learn more about the Princeton & Slavery Project at


Presented By

  • McCarter Theatre Center
  • Princeton University Art Museum