Carnegie Mellon University

13th Amendment Symposium

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm
at the Senator John Heinz History Center

On the eve of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the 13th amendment, join the Senator John Heinz History Center in collaboration with the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh for a symposium to discuss and deliberate the importance of the 13th amendment. This program will not only recognize and commemorate one of the most important acts in American history but also reflect on the social issues in our communities today.

The symposium will feature guest speaker William Carter, dean of the School of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, as well as two panels of legal and history scholars to reflect on Carter’s address and the legal and historical implications of the 13th amendment from 1865 to the present. The audience will have an opportunity to get their copies of the panelists books signed as well as tour the From Slavery to Freedomand We Can Do It! WWII exhibitions.


Welcome and Introduction, Samuel W Black, Director of African-American Programs, Heinz History Center
Keynote Presentation, William Carter, Dean, School of Law at the University of Pittsburgh

Panel #1: Legal Scholars, chaired by Joe William Trotter, Jr., Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice, CMU

Wang Xi, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Tony Norman, Post-Gazette
Hari Jones, National African American Civil War Museum and Foundation

L. Diane Barnes, Youngstown State University
Kelton Edmonds, CALU
Elaine Frantz Parsons, Duquesne

Book signing, epilogue and From Slavery to Freedom and We Can Do It! WWII exhibit viewing opportunity