Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822: A Virtual Town and Gown Conference September 23-26, 2020

The 2020 Reynolda Conference, awarded by the Humanities Institute at Wake Forest University, is funded by a grant for Engaged Humanities from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and other WFU supporters.

The Reynolda Conference format features both innovative public programming and research in progress discussions with faculty and invited guest presenters.

In collaboration with J. Eric Elliott, Archivist of Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University co-conveners Grant McAllister (Associate Professor and Levison Faculty Fellow, Department of German and Russian) and Ulrike Wiethaus (Professor, Department for the Study of Religions and American Ethnic Studies Program) have assembled a diverse group of scholars and artists for the private academic working groups and public presentations.

Details on the conference and participation opportunities are below.

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Becoming American Conference

Wednesday

Schedule At-a-Glance

Opening Welcome and Q&A
3:30-5:00pm
Cultural Performance: “The Search for Wachovia”
7:30-9:00pm
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Thursday

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“Walk and Learn!” Virtual Tours and Discussion
2:00-4:00pm
Remembering the Removal: Contemporary Cherokee Perspectives on the Trail of Tears
7:00-9:00pm
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Friday

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“Walk and Learn!” Virtual Tours and Discussion
2:00-4:00pm
Keynote Lecture: “Black People-White God: Moravianism and the ‘Cultural Purification’ of the Afro-Caribbean in Antigua and Tobago”
7:00-9:00pm
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Saturday

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Panel Discussion: “Becoming American: Moravians and Their Neighbors”
10:00-11:15am
Keynote Lecture: “‘In Essentials, Unity; in Non-essentials, Liberty; and in all Things Love’: Tracing Identity in the 18th Century Moravian Lebenslauf (Spiritual Memoir)”

11:30am-1:00pm
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Reynolda Conference 2020
September 23-26, 2020
Events Free and Open to the Public

Registration Required to Gain Access to Online Programming

Description:

This on-line conference offers a historical examination of the concept of “the neighbor” and invites reflection on the first fifty years of Moravian-influenced change in the Piedmont. We will ask, who were the Moravians’ neighbors? And who did “the neighbor” include and exclude, and how? How did the Moravian communities envision their own role and responsibilities as neighbors? Neighbor-relations affected economic, cultural, social, and artistic practices, including gender roles, literacy, missions to Cherokee and Creek communities, and enslavement. The conference offers a webinar panel discussion with Cherokee scholars, webinar keynote lectures, virtual “Walk and Learn!” presentations, a cultural performance, and more. Throughout, we will ask critical questions and lay the ground for future “town and gown” conversations, research and scholarship. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is necessary to receive links to virtual events and to actively participate in on-line community conversations.

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.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment 

The land on which Wake Forest University now resides and the land on which the original campus resided served for centuries as a place for exchange and interaction for Indigenous peoples, specifically Saura, Catawba, Cherokee, and Lumbee in the current location and Shakori, Eno, Sissipahaw, and Occaneechi in the original campus location.