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Tamara Lanier (Feb 9 Only)
Free Renty: Lanier V. Harvard, A Two-Day Event

Co-Sponsored by the Departments of Art History & Black Studies, with the support of Campus Auxiliary Services

Film Screening, Faculty-Led Discussion (February 8)
Presentation by Tamara Lanier (February 9)

The Departments of Art History and Black Studies are pleased to invite you to an inspiring two-day event highlighting Tamara Lanier’s ongoing struggle to force Harvard University to cede possession of daguerreotypes of her great-great-great grandfather, an enslaved man named Renty. These early photographs, commissioned in 1850 by a Harvard professor to support his racist conclusions regarding the “superiority” of the white race, are emblematic of America’s failure to acknowledge fully the cruelty of slavery and the ongoing issues of racism and white supremacy today. On February 8th at 7 PM, we will offer a screening of the documentary film Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard (2021, 95"), which was featured at prestigious film festivals across the country in 2022 and outlines Ms. Lanier’s story. This screening will be accompanied by contextualizing commentary from faculty representatives of the Department of Art History and Black Studies. On February 9th at 7 PM, we will have the pleasure of hearing from Ms. Lanier herself, who will give an in-person talk on what has happened in her case against Harvard since the filming of the documentary. Her presentation will be followed with a reception. Both events will be held in LC 104.

We are very grateful for the financial support of Campus Auxiliary Services that has made this important event possible. Please feel free to contact Art History Chair, Keely Heuer, at heuerk@newpaltz.edu or x3829 if you have any questions or if you wish to request accommodations.


"The question is, who owns the rights to the violence of the past? Is it the victim or the perpetrator?"

— Tamara Lanier


February 8 & February 9

7PM (both dates)

Lecture Center 104 (both dates)

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