Conference: "Ever Closer to Freedom: The Work and Legacies of Stephanie M. H. Camp"

A special event will be held at the University of Washington on May 7th and 8th to honor the life and work of our much missed family member, friend, and colleague Stephanie M. H. Camp. The conference, “Ever Closer to Freedom:  The Work and Legacies of Stephanie M. H. Camp,” is co-organized by the UW Department of History, Edward E. Baptist (Cornell University), and Barbara Krauthamer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). 

In the weeks after Stephanie passed away, last year on April 2nd, many of her friends agreed that such a conference would provide an opportunity to acknowledge Stephanie's important contributions to the study of Black women and slavery. This conference aims to recognize Stephanie's tremendous intellectual legacy as well as the lasting significance of her work as a teacher and mentor. Those who will present their work at this conference represent a new generation of scholars whose methodological and interpretative approaches to the study of women and slavery have been informed by Stephanie's scholarship. Robin D. G. Kelley (UCLA) will provide a keynote lecture on the first day of the conference. 

Click here to find a complete program for the conference

If you are able to attend part or all of the conference, please contact Wanjiku Gitahi (, UW History Assistant to the Chair, and let her know your plans. We hope you can join us in early May to remember and celebrate Stephanie’s life and work.

There is no registration fee for the conference. Out of town guests may book their accommodation at the Watertown Hotel or any local establishment. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Wanjiku for more information.