Memory

“This is our school. This is our home. This is our Alma Mater. To memorialize and to remember is to accept our complex legacy and history. We weren’t there, but we remember. We are Georgetown. This is our legacy and this can be a new chapter for us as an institution.”

Nyasha Junior, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Temple University Ph.D. (F’92), at the 2016 Interfaith Service on Remembrance and Reconciliation held in Dahlgren Chapel

Historical memory is essential to understanding our identity today and to honoring those who have come before us. Through teaching, research, public discourse, prayer and community outreach, we seek to memorialize and better understand Georgetown’s history with slavery. Specifically, we are working to bring this history to life in the following ways:

  • Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation Report – Charged by President DeGioia, this working group comprised of Jesuits, students, faculty, staff and alumni guided our efforts to bring to life our history with slavery during the 2015-16 academic year. Their report and recommendations guide our ongoing work.
  • Campus Conversations – Through academic panels, art and performance, and other opportunities for discourse and learning, our campus community is exploring our history and its meaning today.
  • National Conversations – Georgetown’s story is, in many ways, representative of our nation’s story. Through media, collaboration with colleagues in higher education and other avenues of public discourse, we have been a part of explorations of this history on a national level.