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Beyond the Byline, Episode 5: The AU Working Group on the Influence of Slavery

What American University discovered about its historical ties to slavery and how it happened

Beyond the Byline, Episode 5: The AU Working Group on the Influence of Slavery

On this week's episode of Beyond the Byline, host Evan Margiotta talks with The Eagle's managing editor of opinion Nickolaus Mack about his research on AU founder Bishop John Fletcher Hurst and Hurst's connections to slavery, which included owning at least one enslaved individual. Mack's columns about Hurst led to the creation of a university group that studied the University's ties to the institution of slavery and presented their findings in a roundtable on Jan. 30. 

Margiotta also speaks to Student Life editor Abbie Veitch about her coverage of the working group's findings and how community members responded to the roundtable. 


Beyond the Byline is The Eagle's bi-monthly podcast. It is hosted by staff writer Evan Margiotta and produced by managing editor of multimedia Sasha Jones. Beyond the Byline is streaming on all podcast-listening services, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.


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