Public collective memory of slavery
Patricia Ann Lott
Assistant Professor of African American and Africana Studies,
American Studies, and English
Patricia Ann Lott’s research delves deep into America’s history with slavery, emancipation and racism. One of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s 32 Career Enhancement Fellows for 2019-20, Lott is working on a book about collective memory lapse when it comes to slavery in the northern United States. A digital history project on race and equity has her digging more locally—both in the classroom and through Ursinus College archives. Information found has forced students to reconcile with our past, as well as consider where we still need to go.
The project is an outgrowth of Lott’s Race and the University course, which explores entanglements of racism and American higher education, beginning with the founding of the country’s first collegiate institutions through current national challenges promoting diversity and inclusion.