Institute for History and Public Engagement selects Janell Hobson as its Community Fellow for 2021-22

Janell Hobson

UAlbany's Institute for History and Public Engagement has selected Janell Hobson, professor and chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as its Community Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year. Hobson's project for the fellowship, the fifth to be awarded by the Institute, is titled “The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Series with Ms. Magazine.”

The year 2022 marks the bicentennial Harriet Tubman’s birth (1822-1913). Dr. Hobson is guest editing a special series commemorating this anniversary for Ms. magazine’s online and print pages, curating work by key scholars, writers, artists and educators. In addition, she will work with Ms. on an interactive  feature for the series, which will serve as a prototype for a digital project that integrates aspects of the routes that Tubman took to freedom. She will also be working with her spring graduate class to develop a “Harriet Tubman Syllabus,” to become part of the series. This project continues the work from a local “pop-up exhibit” on Tubman funded by a Humanities STAR grant in 2019 and will be shared with the UAlbany community.