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About the Symposium and Anniversary

Harriet Tubman: A Legacy of Resistance is a symposium and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), legendary black feminist, Underground Railroad conductor, Civil War veteran, suffragette, community leader, and freedom fighter. This women's studies and women's history month event launches on International Women's Day, Friday, March 8, 2013, while continuing through the weekend, leading up to the official anniversary on March 10, 2013.

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 Department of Women's Studies and all its supporters here at the University at Albany are pleased to highlight an important figure to both women's history and New York State history. Harriet Tubman not only found self-liberation but liberated countless others in the journey to freedom. Through this symposium, the life and symbols of Harriet Tubman will be examined, explored, and celebrated through academic papers, educational workshops, tours, critical conversations, and creative performances. An interdisciplinary assemblage of scholars, educators, artists and community organizers are brought together to commemorate a legend, build community, and enrich the public.

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.

On-site registration: $5 students | $30 general

Organizers for this event include faculty and staff of the Department of Women's Studies: Janell Hobson, Graduate Director and core faculty, Department Chair Vivien Ng, and students in the graduate seminar on Research in Women's Studies during the Spring 2013 semester. Special thanks to Nancy DeCarlo, Women's Studies secretary, and the Interactive Media Center of the University Libraries for their assistance, and to Deborah Lafond, Raven Profit, Zanetta Gary, Caitlynne Cash, Sara Querbes, Kenishia Royer, Melanie Burbano, and Grace Pereyra for their support.
Venue & Travel
This event takes place on the uptown campus of the University at Albany, including Campus Center Assembly Hall, Ballroom, and the Performance Arts Center Recital Hall. The University at Albany campus, located in Albany, New York, is accessible by two Interstates (I-90 and I-87), and by Greyhound, Amtrak, and Albany International Airport. The Best Western Sovereign Hotel on Western Avenue, across from campus, offers conference rates for the weekend of March 8, 2013. Call 1-800-780-7234 or 1-518-489-2981.
Image Credits & Resources

Image scroll (left to right): portraits of Harriet Tubman (by H. B. Lindsley, ca. 1860-1875; ca. 1896-1898; by Ernsberger, ca. 1908; from the published scrapbooks of Elizabeth Smith Miller and Anne Fitzhugh Miller, 1897-1911); sketch from Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Sarah Bradford, 1869; cover art for steampunk novel Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman by Balogun, 2012; "Harriet Tubman with Rifle" by Romare Bearden, 1963; "Harriet" by Elizabeth Catlett, 1975; "Harriet Tubman" mural by Aaron Douglas at Bennett College, 1930; children's book and art for Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold, 1992; "Swing Low" Harriet Tubman Memorial Sculpture by Alison Saar in Harlem, New York, 2007; "Step on Board" Harriet Tubman Memorial Sculpture by Fern Cunningham in Boston, Massachusetts, 1999.

Resources: Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Park | Harriet Tubman Smithsonian Collection