Sunday, February 25, 2007

Brown University's Response to Its Slavery and Justice Committee

While Bill Henderson helps us refine and perhaps shift what we're talking about, here's another post about universities and money, though like my last post on the Elihu Yale portrait controversy, it's not about the typical topic for moneylaw.

The administration at Brown University has just released its response to the report last fall of its Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. The administration's responses focus on education, which makes sense because that's the business that Brown's engaged in. Some of the recommendations are:

•To commission a revision of its official history “so that it presents a more complete picture of the origins of Brown.”

•Hold the relevant materials used to prepare the report in the university’s archives, make them available to scholars and exhibit them.

•Through existing departments, centers and institutes or through creation of a new academic entity, undertake a major research and teaching initiative on slavery and justice.

•Join with city and state officials in determining how the history and role of slavery in Providence, Rhode Island and at the university should be memorialized in the state, city and on College Hill.

•Raise a permanent $10-million endowment to establish the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence, starting immediately.

•Provide free tuition to Brown to as many as 10 admitted graduate students per year. After completing a master’s degree in either teaching or urban education policy, they must agree to serve in Providence-area schools or surrounding area schools for at least three years.

Here's an extended treatment from the Providence Journal. I'm sticking by my prediction over at blackprof from last fall that other schools will follow Brown's lead.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Given this report, how about making law school free for up to ten students a year at a given law school so that the students serve in legal services for the poor in the local community. From the complaints I hear at many schools, the loan forgiveness programs at law schools are less that what students hope for and preclude many of them from taking low paying positions that make a difference (much more than minting another $165,000 Cravath associate).

2/25/2007 6:07 PM  

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