The Bermuda College and the Human Rights Commission, in partnership with The Oxford Centre for Global History and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) Race and Resistance Network, will host a one-day symposium on Saturday, November 3 entitled ‘Race and Resistance: Understanding Bermuda Today’.

This collaborative educational event is free and open to the public. The event aims to provide an accessible exploration of Bermuda’s history of slavery and racial segregation and the intersection of race. resistance and history in the contemporary Bermuda landscape. 

Three panels of speakers will discuss the role of resistance in Bermuda’s experiences, from founding and emancipation, to racial desegregation, to current issues and events. A final plenary session will focus on ways to address the legacy of racism and understand patterns of resistance in Bermuda today to help guide our path toward transformation.

The event will be hosted at the Bermuda College and the convening will also honour Dr Eva Hodgson.

Dr Curtis-Tweed, Vice President of the Bermuda College shared: “Knowledge of our history is important to understanding our strengths and amazing accomplishments as well as patterns of socioeconomic and political disenfranchisement.

“It is from our stories of resistance that we can draw strength and formulate ways to transform our community. Bermuda College is pleased to be a part of this important event.”

A spokesperson added: “Part of the motivation for the convening is a response to the consistent call to better understand Bermuda’s history, especially as it relates to race – the events, structures, legislation and practices over time – and how it applies to the lived experience of all Bermudians today and the community as a whole.

“The Symposium will feature the expertise of local academics as well as activists.”

As Lisa Reed, Executive Officer of the Human Rights Commission stated: “Bermuda has a rich history of activism through the varied contributions of artists, intellectuals, spiritual leaders, community groups, etc.

“Much of Bermuda’s history, in particular its racial history, has been painstakingly researched and mapped by individuals seeking to give voice to untold stories in order to question and challenge oppressive practices. Often times this advocacy has come at great personal and professional cost.”

It was also noted that the convening “will specifically honour Dr Eva Hodgson who continues to model a life of both academic pursuit and dedicated activism.

“While many recognise her as an educator and author, infamous for her frequent Letters to the Editor, those fortunate enough to engage with her in person know that you will rarely meet a more curious, open and brilliant mind.

Dr Eva Hodgson

“CURB (Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda) and the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs are also partnering to support this event in her honour.

“The hosts are also pleased to welcome international colleagues dedicated to race and resistance work from Oxford University.

“Wale Adebanwi, Rhodes Professor of Race Relations and Director of the African Studies Centre, Oxford University and Stephen Tuck, Professor of Modern History, and Co-Director of the Race and Resistance Research Programme, Oxford University, expressed their honour at joining the convening.

“The Student Centre at the College will become a lively ‘Markeplace’ for the day, showcasing local literature, artists and community groups.

“The Marketplace will reinforce opportunities to stay engaged and continue learning. Several local authors will be signing books during the lunch period. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved, or host a table or display.

“To ensure accessibility and sustainability, all the presentations will be recorded and available to view on television and online. A concise yet comprehensive publication will also be developed as an educational resource.

“This event seeks to reinforce the incredible work already being undertaken by various groups and individuals in support of heritage, racial justice and community building in Bermuda.

“It is hoped that the event inspires continued consideration and curiosity in Bermuda’s history by all Bermudians and members of the Bermuda community.”

Tickets must be reserved as space is limited. For more information visitt Eventbrite UK (or just search online with the words: ‘Eventbrite, resistance, Bermuda’ and it will pop up!).