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USS Symposium

Universities Studying Slavery 2019 Fall Symposium
“The Academy’s Original Sin”

When : October 9-12, 2019
Where : Xavier University & the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

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Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati are proud to co-sponsor the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) Fall 2019 Symposium, entitled “The Academy’s Original Sin.” USS is a multi-institutional collaborative effort working to address historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and inequality in higher education and university communities, and the complicated legacies of slavery in modern American society.

This symposium encourages collaboration among—and unites scholars from—a broad range of colleges and universities to better understand the role of enslaved people and their relation to higher education. Slavery’s legacy in the American academy is demonstrated in myriad ways, from African-American access to higher education and discussions surrounding reparative justice, to racism and discrimination within academe and battles to rename places/spaces on college campuses nationwide. The Fall 2019 Symposium continues the conversation, focusing on the enslavement of people of African descent and how that enslavement manifested itself in the development of U.S. educational institutions. Moreover, it will directly question these complicated legacies.


A block of rooms have been reserved under “USS 2019 Symposium” at the following location, and all participants are invited to contact the hotel directly to confirm lodgings. The block of rooms will “close” either on September 15, 2019, or when all rooms on the block have been reserved. Blocks are limited, so BOOK EARLY!

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Cincinnati Uptown/University Area 2500 S Market St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
    (513) 281-2200
    *ALL rooms/types $109* *STUDENT RATES available at this location for $99 (up to quadruple occupancy!), but rate must be approved/blocked by program coordinators. Preference for student rooms will be given to those presenting at the 2019 Symposium.

UC and XU will provide complimentary shuttles from CVG:

  • Wednesday, October 9 from 12pm-3pm

UC and XU will provide complimentary shuttle from Saturday morning venue to CVG:

  • Saturday, October 12, from 12pm-3pm

Rates include breakfast, a limited number of “Student” rates are available directly through symposium organizers, and tax-exempt status will be recognized ONLY IF:

  • You supply the hotel with a hardcopy of your institution’s tax-exempt certification upon check-in AND…
    • Pay for your room with your institution’s p-card/credit card, OR
    • Pay for your room prior to your arrival with a check from your institution.