Weekend Job Board: November 30

PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment) is Hiring! PAVE is now officially accepting applications for staff positions for the Spring 2013 semester! The positions open are Peer Education Coordinator and Evaluation Coordinator.

The Peer Education Coordinators of PAVE provide the campus with sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking educational workshops and resources by training peer facilitators and organizing peer education workshops throughout campus.

The Evaluation Coordinator of PAVE works with PAVE leaders to plan, track and evaluate PAVE’s programming to improve PAVE’s services and ensure that services provided by segregated fees are responsive to the student body

TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to Meagan at chair.pave@gmail.com by Sunday, December 2nd at 6:00PM. In the cover letter, please explain which position you wish to be considered for as well as what you feel you would bring to PAVE as a staff member. These positions will run from January 2nd, 2013 – June 30th, 2013 (or May 2013 for graduating seniors). Please email chair.pave@gmail.com if you have any questions about the hiring process or either of the positions.


The Urban Prep Fellows Program: A Unique Year of Service Opportunity in Urban Education

In Chicago, just one in forty African-American boys in public schools earns a college degree by age 25. But for three years in a row at Urban Prep Academies, the nation’s first network of all-male charter public high schools, 100% of seniors have gained admission to attend four-year colleges and universities.   Do you have the skills, passion, and energy to help continue to make this vision a reality? Consider applying to join the Urban Prep Fellows Program, a distinctive full-time, one-year service fellowship opportunity for recent college graduates.  Urban Prep Fellows augment and support regular classroom learning by building bonds with students through academic and personal advising, managing after-school activities, communicating with families, and leading a small-group seminar course. During their service year, Fellows are provided with housing, transportation, health and dental insurance, and a monthly living stipend.

Learn more about Urban Prep by viewing this short video, visiting the Urban Prep Fellows website at http://www.UrbanPrep.org/fellows , finding them on facebook and twitter, or contacting the Fellows Program Director, Jacob Wertz, at jwertz@urbanprep.org or 312-276-0259 x1109.


The Madison Metropolitan School District is currently taking applications for a variety of positions. The MMSD seeks to attract and retain candidates who reflect the diversity of our community. Visit www.mmsd.org to view all open positions, full job descriptions, and to complete an application. New vacancies include:

  • Assistant Elementary Principal (Stephens Elementary School)
  • After School Site Director / Child Care Director (MSCR)
  • School Security Assistants
  • Applied Technology Teacher – Automotive (East High School)


The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), housed in UW Madison’s School of Education, seeks a full-time Communications Specialist. This position will help create and maintain the center’s communication and outreach strategies, and act as lead editor and designer for print and digital materials while collaborating with center staff, scholars, and affiliates. Please see the complete job description.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume or CV, and three writing samples to Leslie Orrantia, orrantia@wisc.edu by December 4, 2012 for assured consideration. Please contact Leslie Orrantia by email at orrantia@wisc.edu or telephone at 265-3057 with questions.


Seeking Half time Unit Manager for newly-established UW-Extension Center for Community Technology Solutions. Role provides overall support and coordination duties of the Center for Community Technology Solutions including administrative, program and communications assistance, logistics, and staff travel, budget/spending tracking and approvals, and facilitating Center meetings and events. The Unit Manager will also provide assistance and support for Center communications priorities under the supervision of the Communications Manager. 25-30 hours/week with an annual prorated salary of $24,795-29,754. Deadline: December 14. http://www.uwex.edu/jobs/listings/?id=1490


Midwest Communications seeks Director of Digital Development (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) to assist radio station’s personalities in generating quality content with a social media drive while helping our sales force generate profit. Duties will include creating and managing annual social media and content strategies for a radio company through the use of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube and more. A strong photography, videography and writing background is a plus. This person will also be in charge of helping to facilitate, conduct and train on digital sales opportunities and stay on top of current Internet advertising trends to ensure that the most effective methods are being used on our sites.  Experience with both Macintosh and PC formats is helpful but not required. Must have experience with excel and word, Google system preferred. Competitive salary plus commission compensation program and a full benefits package offered. A valid driver’s license and a good driving record are required. Send your cover letter and resume to Andy Gille, Vice President Digital Operations at andy.gille@mwcradio.com, fax it to Andy’s attention at 715-848-3158 or mail it to Andy’s attention at 557 Scott Street, Wausau, WI  54403.


WKZO in Kalamazoo Michigan has a full time opening on their news team. This position will include co-hosting Kalamazoo’s Morning News, creating content for all platforms from radio to digital to social media. Experience in news gathering, writing in AP style, social promotion, audio and video editing skills are preferred. Must be available to work nights, weekends & holidays. E-mail resume and MP3 Aircheck and writing samples to Jay Morris jay.morris@wkzo.com or snail mail to Jay’s attention at WKZO AM/FM, 4200 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI  49006.


Broadcast Marketing Consultant position for WMGI, MIX-FM open (Terra Haute, IN): MIX-FM is more than today’s hit music… It is a tool businesses use to create opportunities, opportunities to tell their story to thousands upon thousands of listeners. MIX-FM Broadcast Marketing Consultants work with a variety of businesses every day, creating unique solutions to unique marketing challenges. Email your resume to Market Manager Jack Swart at jack.swart@mwcradio.com, fax to 812-234-9999 or mail to Jack’s attention at 824 S. 3rd Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807.


SWIB is seeking a securities analyst to join its State Investment Fund Team within the Public Fixed Income Group. The analyst will be responsible for assisting in the management and analysis of the State Investment Fund (SIF). The analyst is responsible for analyzing, evaluating and recommending action to be taken with regard to current and potential investment holdings (consisting of a wide variety of fixed-income securities) for the SIF. The position is responsible for the analysis of economic and financial data and forecasting trends, as well as conducting studies leading to the implementation of new investment vehicles and strategies. The position is responsible for monitoring the credit quality of existing holdings and making recommendations. The analyst serves as the liaison to Investment Operations and Fund Accounting with regard to accuracy of security positions, performance analysis, and portfolio management/strategy reports. The analyst monitors the portfolio performance measurement/analysis for the SIF and is responsible for oversight of the securities lending program.

Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity should send an email with attached resume, cover letter, and salary history/requirements to resumes@swib.state.wi.us.

We’re Hiring a Full-Time Social Justice Education Specialist!

We’re looking for someone to develop workshops and plan programs. This position reports to the Associate Director of the MSC and serves-as the primary facilitator/trainer of the Institute for Justice Education and Transformation (IJET). IJET is a curriculum-based initiative housed within the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center. As a social justice educator on the staff of the MSC the principal duties of the position revolve around being a campus resource for social justice information, community building, program planning, assessment, and demonstrating commitment to the organizational success of both the MSC and the Division of Student Life. Our vision is to establish the IJET Social Justice Research & Resource Center.

Degree and area of specialization: Bachelor’s (Master’s Preferred). Acceptable degree areas: Social Justice Education, Cultural/Ethnic /Area Studies, Student Affairs/Higher Education or closely related area.

Minimum number of years and type of experience*: The successful candidate must (a) have a minimum of 2-3 years of direct work within diverse people of color and/or student communities; designing, organizing and facilitating workshops or training and (b) exhibit a history of and commitment to creating a more socially just world; particularly around the intersections of racial justice with social justice issues concerning ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, environment, etc. *Note: may be established by a combination of professional, para-professional or other substantively related practical experience.

For full description of responsibilities, visit: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_075190.html

Applications should include a current resume or vita and a cover letter. Your cover letter must explicitly detail how you meet the minimum number of years/experience for this position; your competence in the basic skills required for this position and which preferred skills/experience you would bring to this position.

Submit applications by January 21 to Diane Steele (dsteele@studentlife.wisc.edu) Human Resources Manager, Division of Student Life, 70 Bascom Hall 500 Lincoln Dr Madison, WI 53706. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged.

Midweek Job Board: November 14

WORT-FM Community Radio has two job openings!

  • Long Range Plan Project Coordinator (full-time, LTE) to coordinate all aspects of the station’s Long Range Plan and to facilitate its implementation in partnership with the Board, staff, volunteers and committees. Experience in a volunteer-based and/or collective environment is preferred. This position is responsible to the Board of Directors. Salary is $31,500/year, plus health insurance.
  • Webmaster (half-time) to support the station’s website. Hours will be split approximately 50/50 between technical support and content management. This position is responsible to the IT Coordinator and the Board of Directors. Salary is $16/hour, plus prorated health insurance.

Deadline is Friday, November 16.  For more information call 608-256-2001 during business hours.


R.E.A.C.H. (Respectful. Expansive. Accessible. Collaborating. Honoring.) COORDINATOR. The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), a statewide membership organization of programs and individuals working to end domestic violence, is seeking a full time REACH Coordinator

  • Conduct activities and promote agency-wide efforts to continually improve progress toward becoming a domestic violence movement which includes and represents all survivors and all non-dominant WI populations.
  • Promote leadership development of survivors and underserved/underrepresented people, and coordination/collaboration to ensure that all population communities full partners in the movement to end domestic violence.

They are looking for a person who embraces the philosophy of “stretch the circle wider,” and who looks for opportunities to bring together people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, celebrating differences and building empowerment and hope for an oppression-free future. This position begins with paid vacation, personal, sick, holiday, 401k Plan, and an employer contribution toward a flexible benefit package. The complete job description and application form are available in pdf format below as a job packet. Deadline: 4:30 PM (CST), Wednesday, November 14, 2012.


Work for the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE)! CFYE invites applicants for undergraduate student leaders to serve as New Student Leaders (NSLs), Orientation Assistants (OAs), Transfer Ambassadors (TAs) and CP 125 Peer Leaders. Serving in one of these leadership positions will reward students with experiences and skills that will enhance their career and personal development. Each position plays a critical role in the success of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s First Year Experience, including SOAR, Wisconsin Welcome, Transfer Transition programming, and first year seminars.

These positions are selected based on a student’s leadership potential, communication skills, and commitment to first year students. Please visit http://newstudent.wisc.edu/employment/ for more information and to fill out the online application. Deadline: 12:00pm, Friday, December 14, 2012. 


Faith Technologies is hiring!

  • Assistant Project Manager (Sun Prairie, WI): Responsible for providing general management for electrical and/or specialty systems construction projects.
  • Specialty Systems Helper (Sun Prairie, WI): Responsible for assisting with Specialty Systems installations, troubleshooting, and maintenance within the commercial, industrial, and residential settings.


Paid Internships at the Zoo: Join a team of educators and volunteers in the Zoological Society of Milwaukee’s Karen Peck Katz Conservation Education Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Their education programs are designed to help children develop environmental and scientific knowledge through fun, hands-on learning. Work with youth ages 2-14 in the 2013 Summer Camps assisting instructors in the classroom and leading Zoo tours. Interns also supervise high school volunteers and assist with material preparation. Interns are mentored by education staff and required to focus on professional skill development through self-reflection and experiential learning.

Cover Letter and Resume should be e-mailed (attachments only) by February 11 to pattyt@zoosociety.org (subject line: 2013 Summer Internship).


Diwali Night in Madison: November 11 at 7pm in the Overture Center

Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights and is a celebration of the defeat of evil and the triumph of good. Indians throughout the world celebrate Diwali with great enthusiasm. Diwali is one of India’s most important festivals and brings together all Indians, irrespective of their region or religion.

At University of Wisconsin – Madison, the Indian Graduate Students Association has been organizing Diwali Night with the support of students as well as non-students. Diwali night is one of the biggest cultural shows organized by an international students’ organization in UW-Madison. It presents a unique opportunity for the students and people of Madison to experience Indian culture. This event is eagerly awaited by students of various ethnicities to learn and display their creative talents in Indian music and dance.

Diwali Night brings together not only the Indian community, but also non-Indians and gives them an opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of Indian culture.
Various Indian art forms are showcased on the same platform, thereby signifying
unity in diversity. Pamphlets and email invitations, sent out as a part of this
event, carry information about the significance of the festival and help audience understand the cultural value of the day.

IGSA’s Diwali Night brings a festive air to Madison, uniting Indians in Madison and showcasing Diwali and Indian culture to the Madison community at large.The event also has performances from the non-student community, such as a kids’ performance which is always excitedly anticipated by the audience.

This year, Diwali Night is at the Overture Center on November 11th at 7:00pm. The event is free and the event is open to all. 

Written by Anjali Gola, Indian Graduate Students Association

Director’s Non-Fiction Book List: African American Historical and Contemporary Interpretations of Race & Place

Belonging: A Culture of Place (bell hooks): What does it mean to call a place home? Who is allowed to become a member of a community? When can we say that we truly belong?


Race and the Cosmos, Barbara A. Holmes

Race and the Cosmos: An Invitation to View the World Differently (Barbara A. Holmes): At the intersection of ethics, cosmology, and physics, a new view of human life is emerging—a view not neatly divided along lines of race, ethnicity, class, or sexual orientation.

What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race, and the State of the Nation (South End Press Collective, afterword by Joy James): “As Katrina’s waters receded and the body count soared, an ugly truth (re)surfaced: The lives of those who are poor, who are vulnerable, and who are not white are not valued by the US government.”

The Covenant with Black America (Various contributors, introduction by Tavis Smiley): Six years’ worth of symposiums come together in this collection of essays that plot a course for African Americans, explaining how individuals and households can make changes that will immediately improve their circumstances.

Color by Fox: The Fox Network and the Network in Black Television (Kristal Brent Zook):  Locating a persistent black nationalist desire–a yearning for home and community–in shows produced by and for African Americans, this book shows how these productions revealed complex and contradictory politics of gender, sexuality, and class.


Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes, Adilfu Nama

Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes (Adilfu Nama): Placing the appearance of black superheroes alongside broad and sweeping cultural trends in American politics and pop culture reveals how black superheroes are not disposable pop products, but rather a racial phenomenon through which expressions and visions of black racial identity and symbolic political meaning are presented.

Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films (Donald Bogle): From The Birth of a Nation–the groundbreaking work of independent filmmaker Oscar Micheaux–and Gone with the Wind to the latest work by Spike Lee, John Singleton, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry and Will Smith, Bogle reveals the ways in which the depiction of blacks in American movies has changed and the way it has remained the same.

Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities (Regina Spellers and Kimberly Moffit): How are Black bodies and Black hair read and understood in life, art, popular culture, mass media, or cross-cultural interactions?

A Question of Manhood: A Reader in U.S. Black Men’s History and Masculinity (Darlene Clark Hine):

Black Europe and the African Diaspora (Darleen Clark Hine):  This collection penetrates the multifaceted Black presence in Europe, and complicates the notions of race, belonging, desire, and identities assumed and presumed in revealing portraits of Black experiences in a European context.


Shining Thread of Hope, Darlene Clark Hine

A Shining Thread of Hope (Darleen Clark Hine): Chronicling the lives of black women from indentured servitude in the early American colonies to the cruelty of antebellum plantations, from the reign of lynch law in the Jim Crow South to the triumphs of the Civil Rights era, Hine illustrates how the story of black women in America is as much a tale of courage and hope as it is a history of struggle.

Gender Talk: The Struggle For Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Johnetta B. Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall): In the Black community, rape, violence against women, and sexual harassment are as much the legacy of slavery as is racism. Cole and Guy-Sheftall argue powerfully that the only way to defeat this legacy is to focus on the intersection of race and gender.

Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective (Kelly Brown Douglas): This book tackles the “taboo” subject of sexuality that has long been avoided by the Black church and community.


The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James H. Cone

The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James H. Cone): The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. Theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.

Bridges of Memory (The Dusable Museum and Timuel Black)

From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans (John Hope Franklin and Evelyn Higginbotham):  The preeminent history of African Americans, this text charts the journey of African Americans from their origins in Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, struggles for freedom in the West Indies, Latin America, and the United States, various migrations, and the continuing quest for racial equality.

The End of God-Talk: An African-American Humanist Theology (Anthony Pinn): Rejecting the assumption of theism as the African American orientation, Pinn poses a crucial question: What is a non-theistic theology?

The African American Religious Experience in America: History of African-American Religions (Anthony Pinn): Too often, consideration of African American religious expression is limited to considerations of black churches or to aspects of Islamic thought and practice. This comprehensive overview reveals the tremendous diversity of the African American religious communities in America by examining black spiritual churches, Buddhism, humanism, Judaism, Nation of Islam, Protestant churches, the Roman Catholic Church, Santería, Sunni Islam, and voodoo.

A Voice from the South (Anna Julia Cooper): Considered one of the original texts foretelling the black feminist movement, this collection of essays criticizes black men for securing higher education for themselves through the ministry, while erecting roadblocks to deny women access to those same opportunities, and denounces the elitism and provinciality of the white women’s movement.

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (James Allen): These images refute the notion that photographs of charged historical subjects lose their power, softening and becoming increasingly aesthetic with time. They give one a deeper and far sadder understanding of what it has meant to be white and to be black in America. And what it still means.

The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities (Delroy Constantine-Simms): 28 essays from academics and writers of all ethnic heritages, genders, and sexuality, including bell hooks, Eric Garber, Seth Clarke Silberman, Gregory Conerly, and Dr. Gloria Wekker-running from 19th-century slave quarters to postapartheid South Africa, from RuPaul to the Wu Tang Clan, from 1920s Harlem to 1995’s Million Man March on Washington-provide a clear-eyed societal, cultural, political, and historical view of both the transformation and continued repression of black lesbians and gay men.

Check out more MSC Book Lists here.

Weekly Job Board: November 2

The Community Environmental Scholars Program is now accepting applications! The Community Environmental Scholars Program (CESP) is open to any undergraduate with an interest in community service and who will be completing either the Certificate or the Major in Environmental Studies or the major in Environmental Science. The program also has a generous scholarship available to Wisconsin residents with financial need. CESP is in its third year and has conducted environmental community service projects throughout Madison, Milwaukee, and surrounding areas while providing more than 60 scholarships to Environmental Studies students! cholarship awardees are automatically accepted into CESP.

To access the CESP scholarship application go to: http://scholarships.wisc.edu/Scholarships/

Deadline: November 20 (5pm). For more on the program (including application information): http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/undergraduate/cesp/index.php


Visitor & Information Programs (VIP) seeks a Program Development Specialist! This position ensures VIP provides engaging and high quality services by conducting internal and external research, facilitating partnerships, and educating the campus community through trainings, workshops, and events. In addition, the Program Development Specialist administers the Campus Area Housing and the Private Housing Connections Programs, promotes UW-Madison as an educational destination, and assists with the oversight of 110+ student staff.

Visitor & Information Programs (VIP) in the Office of University Relations provides personalized information, experiences, and connections for the campus, community, and beyond through a variety of programs and services. 

Deadline: November 12. For application details visit:


YP4: Young People for Leadership Fellowship: Young People For (YP4) is a strategic, long-term leadership development program that identifies, engages and empowers the newest generation of progressive leaders. Our one-year fellowship equips diverse college students with the skills and resources necessary to create change that lasts on their campuses and in their communities. YP4 Fellows receive access to:

  • Trainings from national and regional progressive movement leaders
  • One-on-one mentoring from YP4 staff, alumni and partner leaders in the progressive movement
  • Assistance and support in implementing a sustainable, community-driven action plan

Apply for the Fellowship today or nominate another leader on campus! Applications are due no later than February 7, 2013.  Contact William Dennis at wdennis@pfaw.org or by phone at 202.467.2341 if you have any questions about the Fellowship.


Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA): The Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) is a premier campaign leadership development program offered every year by YP4 and the Young Elected Officials Network to 20 talented young people from across the country. For eight months, FLLA provides young leaders the opportunity to learn political skills from successful political campaign professionals. Fellows work one-on-one with young elected officials and campaign experts as they develop the necessary skills to become the next generation of progressive candidates, campaign leaders and community organizers. FLLA Fellows receive access to:

  • Trainings on the five core components of campaigns: candidacy, field, campaign management, finance, & communications
  • Mentoring from members of the Young Elected Officials Network and proven campaign experts
  • A national network of FLLA alumni including progressive activists, organizers, and young elected officials

Apply for the Front Line Leaders Academy  or nominate a leader today! Applications are due no later than November 18, 2012. Contact Ryan Hurst at rhurst@pfaw.org or by phone at 202.467.2361 if you have any questions about the Front Line Leaders Fellowship.


The Campus Women’s Center is hiring for Spring 2013

  • Outreach Coordinator: Serves as the primary contact for organizations and people interested in co-sponsoring with the CWC.  They promote CWC’s resources and lead Speaker’s Bureau programs, which are discussion-based presentations on a variety of issues such as body image, women’s health, domestic violence, and sexism that travel to different on-campus community groups.  The coordinator also organizes and brings speaker events to campus on a semester basis.
  • Support Services Coordinator: Updates and organizes the many resources the CWC has. Knowledgeable about the different resources, are able to refer students with questions. Support services is also in charge of peer-led support groups and self-defense workshops. They serve as a community liaison.
Download application online here. Deadline: November 5 at midnight.
Deliver applications to the CWC Office at Room 4416 of the Student Activity Center or email to Kati at cwc.volunteer@gmail.com.

Congratulations James Sweet, 2012 Frederick Douglass Book Prize winner

Dr. James Sweet, UW-Madison Professor of History, has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for his book, Domingos Álvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World.

The book traces the steps of African healer and vodum priest Domingos Álvares, who traversed the colonial Atlantic World from Africa to South America to Europe between 1730 and 1750. The book unfolds a world where healing, religion, kinship, and political subversion were intimately connected.Through healing, Álvares addressed the alienation of warfare, capitalism, and the African slave trade.

“As a result, he and other African healers frequently ran afoul of imperial power brokers. Nevertheless, even the powerful suffered isolation in the Atlantic world and often turned to African healers for answers. In this way, healers simultaneously became fierce critics of Atlantic imperialism and expert translators of it, adapting their therapeutic strategies in order to secure social relevance and even power. By tracing Álvares’ frequent uprooting and border crossing, Sweet illuminates how African healing practices evolved in the diaspora, contesting the social and political hierarchies of imperialism while also making profound impacts on the intellectual discourse of the “modern” Atlantic world.”

“James Sweet’s thoughtful and moving book about African healer Domingos Álvares provides much more than a biographical portrait of a remarkable 18th century man…Rather, Sweet’s imaginative reconstruction of Álvares’ life in and out of bondage places African worldviews at the center of Atlantic history. In the tradition of Carlo Ginzburg’s The Cheese and the Worms, he illuminates the very ethos animating Álvares’ struggles in Benin, Brazil, and Portugal. In Sweet’s powerful rendering, Álvares’ constant emphasis on healing, divination, communal belonging, and cultural resistance prefigured more familiar anti-colonialist and abolitionist struggles. Domingos Álvares also makes a compelling case for redefining the intellectual history of Atlantic society from Africans’perspectives.” -Richard Newman, 2012 Douglass Prize Jury Chair and Professor of History at Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Sweet’s research and teaching interests focus on the social and cultural histories of Africans and their descendants in the broader world. His course topics include comparative slavery, race and nation in the Atlantic world, comparative world history, the history of Brazil, and the history of South Africa. He is also researching the international dimensions of slavery in the United States.

Named for Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the slave who escaped bondage to emerge as one of the great American abolitionists, reformers, writers, and orators of the 19th century, the Douglass Prize was created in 1999 by Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. It is awarded annually for the best book written in English on slavery or abolition. The $25,000 prize will be presented to Dr. Sweet at a reception in New York City in February 2013. 

In addition to Sweet, the other finalists for the prize were Robin Blackburn for The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights (Verso Books); R. Blakeslee Gilpin for John Brown Still Lives!: America’s Long Reckoning with Violence, Equality, and Change (University of North Carolina Press); and Carla L. Peterson for Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (Yale University Press).

The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition promotes the study of all aspects of slavery and its destruction.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a public charity devoted to the improvement of history education.