Oluwadamilola Animashaun is a senior at the University of Rhode Island, who is double majoring in Political Science and Africana Studies. Oluwadamilola’s primary interest include examining the relationship between human rights and law, race discourse, reparations, philosophy (ethics and metaphysics), and African politics. He has also interned in the Governors Office, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Office, and was a Mayoral Fellow, all the while being heavily involved in campus as an RA (Resident Advisor) and the URI Africana Studies committee.
Workshop Title: I Am Not Just A Body, But a Somebody: Rectifying the Sinister Connection of Slavery and Universities through Reparations
Workshop Description: The slavery reparations debate has always been apart of American history, even before the famed emancipation of slaves in 1865. However, the debate tends to omit the “third pillar of a civilization based on bondage”, American Universities. This workshop will focus on a few prominent Universities, which I would argue bloomed because of their indirect and direct relationship with the slave trade; this is a touchstone for the conversation of reparations in the collegiate space.
Workshop Time: Session II in Quinn Hall Room 103