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The Jeanne & Dan Valente Center for Arts & Sciences

Fusion of the Arts & Sciences

The Valente Center is dedicated to fusing the arts & sciences into the educational, scholarly, and cultural life of Bentley University. We host a variety of campus-wide programs aimed at supporting Bentley’s core mission through diverse and creative A&S-related research, teaching, and learning. We offer opportunites for students and faculty such as fellowships, seminars, and research opportunities.


Coming Up:

An Important Citizen-Arts-&-Sciences Event at Bentley in Recognition of Black History Month!

A Transcribe-a-thon for Black History Month 

Hosted by the colored conventions project in library

Tuesday, February 14
12:00-2:00 pm with Additional Drop-ins from 2:00-4:00 pm

Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, Library Lower Level 

The University of Delaware has digitized hundreds of historic documents from “Colored Conventions” – political strategy meetings held by free and fugitive black citizens both before and after the Civil War. Documents from these meetings tell us about how participants strategized to “achieve educational, labor and legal justice at a moment when Black rights were constricting national and locally.”

Digital versions of these documents are publicly available on the Colored Conventions Project website, but they are difficult to browse. By transcribing the documents into plain text, volunteers help to make the documents text searchable, which allows researchers to read documents on tablets or phones, to conduct keyword searches, and to index terms.

Volunteering is simple, and you can help out even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Drop-in to the library’s Transcribe-a-thon in the Research Instruction Center on Tuesday, February 14, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Library staff members will be on hand to show you how to submit transcriptions and how to make note of illegible words or other oddities.

A live stream from the University of Delaware from 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m will include speakers, a happy birthday song for Frederick Douglass, and more.

Stay for a few minutes or a few hours!  Snacks will be provided.