Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Undergraduate Research


In the 2004-5 and 2005-6 academic years, the Steering Committee was able to sponsor a special Undergraduate Group Research Project, enabling a small number of Brown students to conduct research on topics broadly related to the committee's terms of reference. The project was supported by the Dean of the College's office and supervised by Professors James Campbell and Seth Rockman. Some samples: 

The Strange Case of Robert
An exploration, using archival sources and digital technology, to reconstruct the struggle for freedom of a single slave in Rhode Island in the late eighteenth century, by Sara Damiano ’08.

The Great Equalizer? Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi
A radio documentary by Jennifer Gold '06 and Sarah Modiano '06 on the experience of two Catholic parishes, one predominantly white and one predominantly black, unexpectedly brought together by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Music by Kim Trusty. 

Forgotten History: Rhode Island and the Slave Trade 
A museum exhibition mounted by Brown undergraduates in collaboration with the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, tracing the journey of a single Rhode Island slave ship.

Recommendations to the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice by the 2004-5 Group Research Project