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Teaching White Supremacy: A Conversation with Professor Donald Yacovone

Published: February 09, 2023 | Categories: All News, Law
Professor Donald Yacovone

The Western New England University School of Law will present Teaching White Supremacy: A Conversation with Professor Donald Yacovone on Thursday, March 23 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall. Registration for the event can be found at

Donald Yacovone, lifetime Associate at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has written widely on abolitionism, gender, the African American role in the Civil War, white supremacy, and American cultural history. He published Teaching White Supremacy: America's Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity, his ninth book, in the fall of 2022. The African American: Many Rivers to Cross, co-written with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., won the 2014 NAACP Image Award. In 2013, Yacovone received the W.E.B. Du Bois medal, Harvard's highest honor in the field of African American studies. He helped edit the Black Abolitionist Papers.

Dr. Yacovone earned his Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut State University, his Master of Arts from Trinity College, and his Doctor of Philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. He has taught at several colleges and universities and, before becoming the Manager of Research and Program Development at the Hutchins Center, Yacovone was the Senior Associate Editor of Publications at the Massachusetts Historical Society where he founded and edited the Massachusetts Historical Review.

This event is cosponsored by the WNE Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Cultural Education and Inclusion, the School of Law Diversity and Outreach Committee, and the Center for Social Justice.