This collaboration is part of the Mellon Foundation funded grant, Sharing Authority to Remember and Re-Interpret the Past, that coincided with statewide public events to mark 400 years since the arrival of the first Africans to Virginia. Sharing Authority is a university-wide initiative that includes the Lemon Project in Williamsburg and Monroe's Highland, a historic site operated by William & Mary and located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more about Sharing Authority here.
The five-year grant funds several projects, including community-led research into the legacies of slavery at William & Mary and Highland, an oral history project that documents the untold stories of descendants of enslaved men and women, new historical exhibits and two university-wide courses designed to promote inclusion and civil discourse.
These two new courses, outlined below, will bring together W&M students and community members during the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters.
We encourage community participation from both Williamsburg and Charlottesville. These courses are designed to share varied perspectives and facilitate community-campus conversations. Please, come lend your voice!
Community members will be enrolled as non-credit students. There is no registration fee, and all course materials will be available online. (The "Community Laboratory" course will include a novel that is available in multiple low-cost formats.)
To ensure a discussion seminar setting, these courses are limited to ten community registrants on a first come, first-served basis.
Want to Enroll as a non-credit community registrant?
We encourage students from all academics areas to enroll. Each course is designed to explore a wide variety of topics and constructively engage with campus-community interests. We seek a diverse field of scholars!
Current W&M student will enroll for the course using the Banner registration system to ensure they receive university credit. All course materials are available online. (The "Community Laboratory" course will include a novel that is available in multiple low-cost formats.)
To ensure a discussion seminar setting, these courses are limited to fifteen W&M students.
2022 Spring Course
Public History Workshop: Descendant Engagement
The course centers on individuals with familial ties to persons enslaved by William & Mary, students, faculty, and Board of Visitors members. James Monroe's Highland Descendant Council and the Lemon Project's decade-long history of engaging descendant communities provide an instructional model. We will encourage learners to examine how, why, and from whom we acquire historical knowledge through experiential learning.
The course will meet once a month and include two Saturday historic site visits with community registrants. The Spring classes will be Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. More info here (pdf).
Contact the course instructors, [[mdibenigno, Dr. Mariaelena DiBenigno]] and [[jsjohnson02, Dr. Jajuan Johnson]]