"Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822"


"Becoming American: Moravians and their Neighbors, 1772-1822"

This on-line conference offers a historical examination of the concept of 'the neighbor' and invites reflection on the first fifty years of Moravian-influenced change in the Piedmont. We will ask, who were the Moravians's neighbors?  And who did 'the neighbor' include and exclude, and how? How did the Moravian communities envision their own role and responsibilities as neighbors? Neighbor-relations affected economic, cultural, social, and artistic practices, including gender roles, literacy, missions to Cherokee and Creek communities, and enslavement. The conference offers a webinar panel discussion with Cherokee scholars, webinar keynote lectures, virtual “Walk and Learn!” presentations, a cultural performance, and more. Throughout, we will ask critical questions and lay the ground for future "town and gown" conversations, research and scholarship. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is necessary to receive links to virtual events and to actively participate in on-line community conversations.

The conference is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by Reynolda House Museum of American Art, the WFU Humanities Institute (made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities), the WFU Office of the Provost, the Department for the Study of Religions, the Department of German and Russian, IPLACe, the Museum of Anthropology, the WFU Intercultural Center, the Anna Maria Samuel Project: Race, Remembrance, and Reconciliation at Salem Academy and College, the Dean’s Office at Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Arts Council, the Moravian Archives, and the Moravian Music Foundation in Winston-Salem.

Reservation Required for All Events .

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00am to 2:00pm

Winston-Salem, NC, Various Locations

Event Type

Conference / Panel


Academic Centers / Institutes, Humanities Institute

Target Audience

Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students




Contact name

Victoria Lang (Registrar)

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