Sunday, June 14, 2020

 Virtual Book Discussion with
Professors Ariela J. Gross and Alejandro de la Fuente

Becoming Free, Becoming Black

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Please join us for HLSA-DC’s first Zoom book event on Sunday, June 14 from 5-6 p.mAriela J. Gross (Harvard College, Class of 1987), the John B. and Alice R. Sharp Professor of Law and History at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, and Alejandro de la Fuente, the Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics and Director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University will be discussing their recent book and taking questions from participants. Troy Brown (HLS, Class of 2003) will moderate the discussion.  This event is co-sponsored by the HLSA Black Alumni Network and the HLSA Latino Alumni Network.


RSVPs are required for this free event; please register using the form on the left side of the page no later than June 11, 2020.  Details for joining the Zoom call will be emailed to participants.


Becoming Free, Becoming Black is available from any online book seller, including  Becoming Free, Becoming Black tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones. Their communities challenged slaveholders' efforts to make blackness synonymous with slavery.



Looking closely at three slave societies - Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana - Alejandro de la Fuente and Ariela J. Gross demonstrate that the law of freedom - not slavery - established the meaning of blackness in law. Contests over freedom determined whether and how it was possible to move from slave to free status, and whether claims to citizenship would be tied to racial identity. Laws regulating the lives and institutions of free people of color created the boundaries between black and white, the rights reserved to white people, and the degradations imposed only on black people.





5:00PM - 6:00PM Sun 14 Jun 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )

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Nomi Stolzenberg
  USC Law School
Pamela Nwaoko
Stan Barg
Martha Minow
  Harvard University
Ted Hochstadt
pat jacobs
DeJeune O'Garro
Loretta Argrett
Karma Frierson
Odeana Neal
  University of Baltimore School of Law
Sheria Smith
Nicole Britenriker
  Learfield IMG College
Jacqueline Brown
cynthia totten
Taimarie Adams
  Harvard Law School
Juanita Hernandez
Teresa McLaughlin
Marie Park
  DC Board on Professional Responsibility
Toby Hyman
Steven Rogers
  Center for Urban Research and Public Policy
Maurice White
Eddie Eitches
William Kenety
Meagan Flint
  Harvard Law School
Kristin Cabral
Gregory Keating
  USC Gould School of Law
Yevgeny Shrago
Jorge Kamine
  Harvard Law School Assn. of DC
Loretta Argrett
Pat Jacobs
Sarah Pheasant
Robert Winter
Pamela Nwaoko
Stan Barg
Geoffrey Green
Maura Smyles
Christina Gonzalez Ho
Trisha Jhunjhnuwala
David Sclar
Jeannette Wise
Cynthia Totten
Jack Lipson
  retired partner Arnold & Porter
Jack Lipson
  retired partner Arnold & Porter
Whitney Boles
Sakisha Jackson
Henry Richardson
Joyce Van Dee
Kaye Pestaina
Dwight Alpern
John Goodman
Allison Brown
Luis Silva de Balboa
Maria Ontiveros
  University of San Francisco
Amanda Gómez
Joyce Van Dee
Chela H
Ana Maria Martel
Diana Colon
Maria Ontiveros
  University of San Francisco
Diana Saliceti
Marie Taylor
Marie Taylor
Cynthia Hawkins
  Stetson Univ. College of Law
Precious Anderson
Arthur George Kamya
Dan Eaton
  Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek
Don Mitchell
  The 400 Year Project
pat Williams
pat Williams
Michelle Simpson
  Poe Simpson Law
Michelle Shaw
John Rose
  Hunter College
Anderson Yang
Charles Roybal
Ki Ingersol
  HLS 1992
Arlene Brock
  Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
Corrine Irish
Russell Stockard
  California Lutheran University
Natosha Rice
  Habitat for Humanity International
Elizabeth Valera
  Harvard Club of Georgia
Patricia Bass
Shirley Jean
Jaimie McFarlin
Peggy Cooper Davis
Bernice Grant
  Fordham University School of Law
Tanya Perara
Lee Thompson
Ginger McKnight-Chavers
Angela Shaw
  Harvard Law School
Rachelle Browne
Meira Greenfeld
  Urim Recovery, LLC
Mark Carlson
  Baker Donelson
Kimberly Pack
  In Transition
denise raynor
  emory university
Precious Anderson
Ginger McKnight-Chavers
cristina rodrigues
Debbie Dickinson
Lauren Weldon
Marisa Lago
Hasibe Rashid
Julie Anna Alvarez
  Columbia Law School
Mina Matlon
Cheryl Blackburn
Adela Cepeda
  Independent Director
Estefania Torres
Nicole Fonsh
  Harvard Law School
April Savoy
Cecelia Andrews
Jessica Sewell
Christine Tripp
Tera Hunter
Carolyn Malmstrom
  Michigan State University
Juny Francois
  J. François & Associates, LLC
David Goldberg
N'yella Rogers
Javier Gonzalez
Iason Togias
Amanda Cuiffo
  Harvard Law School
Kristin Cabral
Paula-Rose Stark
Trisha Jhunjhnuwala
Liz Picone
Robert Winter
  Arnold & Porter
William Zerhouni
Catherine Brown
Taimarie Adams
Henry Richardson
Lois Schiffer
Gail Bowman
  public scholar
Esteban M. Guijarro
  Harvard Law School Executive Education
Loretta Argrett
Andrea Charters
George Velez
John Cella
Vicki Judson
Juny Francois
  J. François & Associates, LLC
Lena Zezulin
B. Thomas Mansbach
Peter Fielding
Melanie Dorsey
Sarah Bell
Peter Fielding
Shulamith Gross
  Baruch college CUNY
Janice Gorin
Danielle Johnson
Jose Morales
Eduardo Espinosa
Merritt Baer
Esteban M. Guijarro
  Harvard Law School Executive Education
james harkless
Arianne de Govia
Kathleen Havener
  The Cullen Law Firm PLLC
Michael Lund
Diep Vuong
Thomas Motley
Marilyn Georgeff
  Australian Business in Europe
Kathleen Borschow
Angela Shaw
Kenneth Smith
  United States Attorney's Office
Felicia Henderson
  Henderson Advising
Kia Sears
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