The third RFA lunch of the academic year started at noon on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville. Our speaker, Louis P. Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Professor of Architectural History, gave a status report on the Commission on Slavery at the University.
Louis Nelson is a specialist in the built environments of the early modern Atlantic world, with published work on the American South, the Caribbean, and West Africa. His current research engages the spaces of enslavement in West Africa and in the Americas, working to document and interpret the buildings and landscapes that shaped the trans-Atlantic slave trade. He has a second collaborative project working to understand the University of Virginia as a landscape of slavery. Nelson is an accomplished scholar, with two book-length monographs published by UNC and Yale University Presses, three edited collections of essays, two terms as senior co-editor of Buildings and Landscapes—the leading English language venue for scholarship on vernacular architecture–and numerous articles. He is also a celebrated teacher, having won a university-wide teaching award in 2007 and serving as the 2008 UVA nominee for a state-wide Outstanding Faculty Award. You can read more about Professor Nelson by clicking here.