Roots at 40: Reflections and Remembrances featuring Colson Whitehead

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October 6, 2017
Connecticut, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Slavery

Roots at 40: Reflections and Remembrances featuring Colson Whitehead--Conference Keynote Speaker

Conference Dates: October 6, 2017

Conference Location: Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT

In the final week of January, 1977, the ABC miniseries Roots became the most-watched television program of all time. To the surprise of the show’s producers, Roots became not only a ratings windfall, but a cultural phenomenon, articulating an African-American counter-narrative of American history, provoking a dialogue about the legacy of slavery, and presenting African-American characters with a dignity and integrity that differed sharply from the caricatured representations common to television up to that time. In many ways, the response to the show by the media and the general public constitutes the first of many “conversations about race” that have punctuated the Post-Civil Rights era.

On October 6th of 2017, Goodwin College will host a special conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the original broadcast of Roots. Goodwin College houses a significant repository of Alex Haley’s writings, and it is committed to promoting dialogue about social justice and opportunity for all people.

Early-Bird Registration Now Open!
Register by July 1st, and take advantage of Early-Bird discounted rates.

Roots @ 40 Conference is funded in part with a grant from CT Humanities.

For more information about Roots at 40--Reflections and Rememberences and Keynote Speaker, Colson Whitehead, please click here.


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For questions regarding the conference: email Dr. Randy Laist at or Professor Brittney Yancy at 

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