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March 8, 2013

Campus Center Assembly Hall


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Harriet Tubman & the Politics of Representation

Janell Hobson, University at Albany, "Between History and Fantasy: Harriet Tubman in the Artistic and Popular Imaginary."

Nkeiru Okoye, SUNY New Paltz, "Beyond the Spiritual: The Musical World of Harriet Tubman."

Tamika Carey, University at Albany, Panel Respondent & Moderator.


Situating Harriet Tubman in Women's Histories

Mildred Chang, University at Albany, "Resilience Against All Odds: Nanny of the Maroons and Harriet Tubman."

Dann J. Broyld, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, "We Prefer to Live in the Land of a Queen: Harriet Tubman, Female Fugitives, and Their Quest for British Canada in the Late Antebellum."

Vivian M. May, Syracuse University, "Under-Theorized and Under-Taught: Re-examining Harriet Tubman's Place in Women's and Gender Studies."

Barbara Sutton, University at Albany, Moderator.

Luncheon in Fireside Lounge

The Criminalization of Black Women's Resistance

Andrea N. Williams, The Ohio State University, "Alone Against the Law: Black Women, Antislavery Activism, and Justice."

Talitha LeFlouria, Florida Atlantic University, "Bad Girls Make Good Roads: Black Women, Convict Labor, and the Politics of Resistance in the post-Civil War South."

Barbara McCaskill, University of Georgia, Panel Respondent & Moderator.

This session is partly sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice series on "Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century."

Campus Center Assembly Hall

What Would Harriet Do? A Legacy of Resistance & Activism

Renowned black feminists Beverly Guy-Sheftall and Barbara Smith are brought together in conversation about the legacy of Harriet Tubman.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College, past president of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), and recognized groundbreaker and "Maker."
Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith, Albany Common Council member, founding member of Combahee River Collective, co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, and recognized groundbreaker and "Maker."

This conversation will be moderated by Paula Giddings, Smith College, historian and editor of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism.


Recital Hall, Performance Arts Center

Music from Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom - An Evening with Nkeiru Okoye

Nkeiru Okoye
Nkeiru Okoye

Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom is a folk opera composed by Nkeiru Okoye and performed by America Opera Projects. The full opera will make its debut in 2013, and at Albany, we will receive a sneak preview from this work. This evening's performance will present music selections, with a narration by Okoye. The University at Albany Music Department String Quintet wll also perform. A conversation with Okoye will follow.

This performance is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Campus support is provided by the Department of Music.

Tickets for this performance are included in Registration Fees, which can be paid for at the Department of Women's Studies Office. $5 students | $20 general

March 9, 2013

Campus Center Assembly Hall

Lunch in Fireside Lounge


A MapQuest of Gourds & Quilts
An educational workshop led by Allison Upshaw, Arts Educator.

Drinking Gourd

In their quest for freedom, enslaved Africans mapped their escape routes by following "the Drinking Gourd," also known as "the Big Dipper, " and reading directions and messages hidden in quilts created by those that stayed behind. While some have questioned the legitimacy of this historical connection between quilts and the Underground Railroad, this workshop will consider the quilt's potential and possibility in exploring the science used by enslaved Africans on the road to Freedom.

This workshop thus integrates science, technology, math, creative writing, music and visual arts in a S.T.E.A.M. driven curriculum that elegantly aligns with Common Core objectives. From S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) to S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math),this hands-on workshop will be a combination of an interactive discussion on the science behind the Underground Railroad and the creation of a knowledge artifact called a "Singing Quilt" (c).


Beyond Myths & Legends: Using Primary Sources to Document Harriet Tubman's Activism

An educational workshop led by documentary filmmaker and historian Kaye Wise Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland.

This interactive hands-on workshop will explore the ways in which educators can present Harriet Tubman's social justice activism and her legacy in the context of rediscovering and reconstructing her historical narrative through the use of primary sources and storytelling in the digital classroom. Dr. Whitehead was one of four experts chosen nationwide to present at the 2013 White House's Black History Month panel discussing the 2013 Black History theme, "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington."


Closing Performance & Reception to follow in Fireside Lounge.

Other Related Underground Railroad History Event:
"Milestones on the Road to Freedom" Underground Railroad Annual Conference at Russell Sage College, Troy, New York: April 12-14, 2013.

Underground Railroad History Local Bus Tour

View Underground Railroad Local Tour in Albany in a larger map 

Organized by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., this morning bus tour will highlight key historical sites in Albany and Troy, New York, which served as important locations on the Underground Railroad, including places associated with Harriet Tubman.

Tickets: $10. BUS TOUR IS SOLD OUT!

Bus pick-up and drop-off at Collins Circle, and drop-off on the uptown campus. Charter services provided by Yankee Trails World Travel.