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ALBC Signature Event - Howard Conference - April 16-18, 2009

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Date:

2009-04-16

Event Type:

ALBC Event

Location:

Howard University

City:

Washington

State

Dist of Columbia

Event Info:

Emancipation and Race in the Age of Lincoln Conference

As part of the Washington, D.C. citywide Emancipation Day, the ALBC and Howard University will host a national conference exploring the domestic and international dimensions of emancipation.  Each day will feature panel discussions and an evening performance.

A printable version of the program can be found here.

 

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April 16, 2009 - Day 1:  Challenges to Slavery

1:00-1:15 - Opening Remarks: 
Dr. Joseph P. Reidy, Associate Provost and Professor of History, Howard Univ.

1:15-1:30 - Panel One: Ideological Origins of Emancipation

  • Moderator: 
    *Flordeliz Bugarin, Asst. Professor of Anthorpology, Howard Univ.
  • Presenters:
    *John Stauffer, Professor of English and African and African American Studies, Harvard University
    *Manisha Sinha, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

3:15-5:15 - Panel Two:  Quests for Freedom by Enslaved People

  • Moderator:
    *Jules Harrell, Professor of Psychology, Howard University
  • Presenters:
    *Richard Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
    *Susan O’Donovan, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and History, Harvard University
    *Eleanor Traylor, Professor and Chairperson, Department of English, Howard University

5:30-8:00 - Evening Program/Reception

  • Tribute to Dr. John Hope Franklin: Edna Greene Medford, Associate Professor of History, Howard University.
  • Fine Arts Tribute, Division of Fine Arts, Howard University

Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture will deliever the keynote address.

 

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April 17, 2009 - Day 2:  Emancipation and Revolution

9:15-11:15 - Panel One: Comparative Emancipations in the Americas

  • Moderator:
    *Yasmin DeGout, Associate Professor of English, Howard University
  • Presenters:
    *Laurent Dubois, Professor of French and History, Duke University
    *Jeffrey Kerr-Ritchie, Assistant Professor of History, Howard University
    *Gordon Gill, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Oberlin College

11:30-1:30 - Panel Two: Emancipation in the United States

  • Moderator
    *Ira Berlin, Professor of History, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Presenters: 
    *Dr. Joseph P. Reidy, Associate Provost and Professor of History, Howard University
    *Kate Masur, Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University
    *E. Ethelbert Miller, Director, African American Resource Center, Howard University

2:15-3:15 - Panel Three: Abraham Lincoln, Lawyer in the White House:  the Emancipation Proclamation as a Legal Document

  • Moderator:
    *Jay Stewart, Instructor, Department of Political Science, Howard University
  • Presenter:
    *Frank Williams, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Rhode Island (Retired)
  • Respondent:
    *
    Kurt Schmoke, Dean, School of Law, Howard University

3:30-5:00 - Panel Four: Emancipation in the District of Columbia

  • Moderator:
    *Edna Greene Medford, Associate Professor of History, Howard University
  • Presenters:
    *
    Peter Hanes, DC Emancipation Coordinator, and DC - Reading is Fundamental
    *C.R. Gibbs, Historian/Independent Researcher, Washington, DC
    *Clarence Davis, Professor of History, University of the District of Columbia

7:00-9:00 - Evening Program/Recpetion

  • Program: "Song Texts and the Cultural Voice of Emancipation and Freedom"
  • Moderator:
    *Sais Kamaladiin, Assistant Professor of Music, Howard University
  • Presenter:
    *Bernice Johnson Reagon, Professor Emeritus of History, American University
  • Respondent:
    *Anthony Randolph, Assistant Professor of Music, Howard University

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April 18, 2009 - Day 3:  The Meaning of Emancipation

10:00-12:00 - Panel One: Conveying Ideas of Race and Emancipation at Lincoln Sites

  • Moderator:
    *Dr. Darrel BIgham, Chairman, Education Committee, Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
  • Presenters:
    *Thomas Schwartz, Illinois State Historian
    *Frank Milligan, Director, President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home
    *Timothy Townsend, Historian, Lincoln Home and National Historic Site, National Park Service

1:00-2:00 - Panel Two:  Picturing Freedom: The Emancipation Proclamation in American Visual Memory

  • Moderator:
    *Thomas Battle, Director, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
  • Presenter: 
    *Harold Holzer, Vice President for External Affairs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Co-chair Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
  • Respondent:
    *Teresia Bush, Assistant Professor of Art History, Howard University

2:00-4:00 - Panel Three: Legacies of the Civil War:  A Roundtable Discussion

  • Moderator:
    *Daryl Michael Scott, Professor of History, Howard University
  • Presenters:
    *David Blight, Professor of History and Director, Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University
    *Fitzhugh Brundage, William B. Umstead Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    *Kirk Savage, Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Art, University of Pittsburgh
    *Micki McElya, Assistant Professor of History, University of Connecticut
**The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center exhibit, "Race and Emancipation in the Age of Lincoln" will be available for viewing throughout the conference period