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UAlbany Symposium Honors Life and Legacy of Abolitionist Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance

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ALBANY, N.Y. (February 15, 2013) -- The University at Albany will host "Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance" on March 8 and 9 in honor of the abolitionist, freedom fighter and Underground Railroad conductor. The symposium, which is open to the public, will focus on the life and symbols of Tubman (1820-1913) through educational workshops, tours, creative performances and a host of other activities. It will take place on the Uptown Campus at the Campus Center and the Performing Arts Center

“In a milestone year that also commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the Harriet Tubman symposium will serve as a reminder of the struggles, and the fight many endured to ensure racial equality,” said Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Janell Hobson, the symposium organizer.  “While we have made progress, the fight continues.  When we come together and commit to the non-violence fight, we will eventually achieve full equality for all.”

Harriet Tubman

The University at Albany will host Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance on March 8 and 9.

The Department of Women's Studies-sponsored event highlights Tubman’s place as an important figure in both women's history and New York state history.  An interdisciplinary assembly of scholars, educators, artists and community organizers will participate in the symposium.  Registration is $5 for students, $20 in advance for non-students, and $30 onsite for non-students.The event also features a bus tour, organized by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, highlighting key historical sites in Albany and Troy which serve as important locations on the Underground Railroad.  Tickets for the bus tour are $10. The symposium papers will later be included in a special issue of the academic journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, edited by historian Paula Giddings at Smith College. For a list of events and to register, please visit the Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance website. 

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