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




Event Type:

ALBC Event


Howard University




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.




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.




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



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