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Reparation: A Roundtable Discussion Moderated by Ta-Nehisi Coates

March 24th, 2015
1:00 PM


On March 24, 2015, the Forum for Scholars & Publics held a roundtable discussion with leading scholars about the question of Reparations and "Moral Debt" relating to the history of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and other forms of racial discrimination. The discussion was moderated by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose June 2014 article in The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations" has recently helped spur on the debate about the topic. Panelists Martha Jones, Melissa Nobles, and Beryl Satter offered a range of perspectives on the topic.

Additional readings on the topic include an article by Duke Professor William Darity Jr. and Kirstin Mullen's  "The Big Payback" (2008) , as well as Darity and Dania Frank on "The Economics of Reparations."

Read the Reparation Roundtable Storify.

Read Duke Today's write-up of the event. 


Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Atlantic

Ta-Nehesi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where ...

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Martha Jones

Johns Hopkins University

Martha S. Jones is the The Society of Black Alumni Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her scholarly interests include the histories of race, citizenship, and slavery. Professor Jones is the author of the critically acclaimed All Bound Up Together: The Woman ...

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Melissa Nobles

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Melissa Nobles is the Department Head, and the Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science at MIT. Professor Nobles’ teaching and research interests are in the comparative study of racial and ethnic politics, and issues of retrospective justice. Nobles is a graduate of ...

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Beryl Satter

Rutgers University

Beryl Satter's is a Faculty member at Rutgers University, where she is in the Department of History, the Center for Migration and the Global City, Graduate Program in American Studies, and the Program in Women's and Gender Studies Her first book, Each Mind a ...

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