Beyond Slavery: 
Overcoming Its Religious
 & Sexual Legacy


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The Beyond Slavery conference focused on providing a forum for leading intellectuals, activists, and the public to discuss overcoming slavery's ongoing impact on sexuality. Presenters spoke on a wide range of topics, providing insight into traditional religious support for slavery; the sexual dynamics of slavery; how religious and other people can complete the abolition of slavery; and how best to move beyond racial stereotypes about sexuality. 

Watch the videos below to learn more about the religious and sexual legacy of slavery.

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Conference Highlights



Marty Krauss welcome remarks, Beyond Slavery conference, 2012, Brandeis University
Marty Wyngaarden Krauss,
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs:

Welcome




What Is Slavery's Religious
 and Sexual Legacy?

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Bernadette J. Brooten:

Opening Address 
What is Slavery's Religious and Sexual Legacy?



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Adrienne Davis:

Miscegenation and Morality:
The Contemporary Politics and Racial Meanings of Marriage



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Nancy Rawles:

Prayer for My Daughter



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Dorothy Roberts:

The Paradox of Silence and Display:
Sexual Violation of Enslaved Women and Contemporary Contradictions in Black Female Sexuality



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Roots Uprising Dance Company perform Toni Morrison's "Beloved"



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Adam Jaffe
Dean of Arts and Sciences:

Welcome



How Has Slavery Shaped Our Understandings of Marriage and Friendship?

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Gail Labovitz:

The Purchase of His Money: Slavery and the Ethics of Jewish Marriage



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Kecia Ali:

Slavery and Sexual Ethics in Islam



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Barbara Savage:

The Same-Sex Marriage Debate in the African American Churches: An Historical Perspective



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Frances Smith Foster:

Call Me “Mrs.”: Motherhood, Marriage, and (Sexual) Morality in 19th-Century African America



Sexual Assault and Exploitation under Slavery and Jim Crow

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Catherine Clinton:

Breaking the Silence: Sexual Hypocrisies from Thomas Jefferson to Strom Thurmond



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Mia Bay:

In Search of Sally Hemings: Slavery and Sexual Agency in the History of the United States



Katani

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Lullabies Sung by Enslaved Girls and Women in the United States



Christianity: Religion of the Slaveholders and the Enslaved

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Jennifer Glancy:

Habits of Slavery in Early Christianity



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Dwight Hopkins:

Slavery, Black Women, and Sexual Justice: A Theological Perspective



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Sylvester Johnson:

Biblical Debates Over Slavery



Florence Ladd

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Original Poetry



Mende Nazer

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Antislavery Activist formerly Enslaved in the Sudan



Beyond Slavery: Creating the Conditions for Meaningful Consent
 to Sexual Intimacy

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Adrienne Davis:

Reparations for Slavery



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Emilie Townes:

From Mammy to Welfare Queen: Images of Black Women in Public Policy Formation



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Ellen Barry:

African American Women in U.S. Prisons:
 The Modern State-Sanctioned Slavery System



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Bernadette J. Brooten:

Sexual Ethics Untainted by Slaveholding Values



Small-Group Session Highlights

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Sheila Briggs:

Gender, Slavery, and Technology:
 The Shaping of the Early Christian Moral Imagination



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Fay Botham:

Anti-Miscegenation Statutes:
 Roman Catholic and Protestant Theologies of Marriage and Race



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David Wright:

"She shall not go free as male slaves do":
 The Female Debt-Slave in the Hebrew Bible


These videos were recorded on October 15-16, 2006 as part of the conference, "Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacy." It was sponsored by the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University.