Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822: An Interdisciplinary Town and Gown Conference





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Opening Reception and Welcome
Panel Discussion: “Cultural Interactions During Times of Upheaval: Language, Translation, and the Kituwah (Cherokee) Worldview”
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“Walk And Learn!” Events 
Evening Cultural Event: “The Search for Wachovia: The Wachovia Experience for American Indian and African American Peoples”
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“Walk and Learn!” Events
Keynote Lecture: “Black People-White God: Moravianism and the ‘Cultural Purification’ of the Afro-Caribbean in Antigua and Tobago”
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Panel Discussion: “Becoming American: Moravians and Their Neighbors”
Keynote Lecture: “‘In Essentials, Unity; in Non-essentials, Liberty; and in all Things Love’: Tracing Identity in the 18th Century Moravian Lebenslauf (Spiritual Memoir)”
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Reynolda Conference 2020
April 15-18, 2020
Events Free and Open to the Public

Registration Required and/or Recommended


The years 1772 – 1822 encompass fifty years of Moravian-influenced change in Wachovia. During this pivotal time, a dynamic exchange of cultural, religious, and social practices between Moravians and their neighbors—Indigenous, African, and European—engendered a new national character peculiar to Wachovia. The goal of the conference is to examine the various modes in which this exchange took place that came to define the cosmopolitan Moravian-American character in North Carolina.

The conference is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the WFU Humanities Institute (made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities), the WFU Office of the Provost, the Department for the Study of Religions, the Department of German and Russian, IPLACe, the Museum of Anthropology, the WFU Intercultural Center, the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation at Salem Academy and College, the Dean’s Office at Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Arts Council, the Moravian Archives, and the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem.