On Saturday, October 24, 2009, a coalition of historical organizations will host a public symposium in Boston titled ďAbolitionism in Black and White: The Anti-Slavery Community of Boston and Cambridge.Ē
Historians James Oliver Horton (George Washington University) and Lois E. Horton (George Mason University) will open the symposium with an overview of the ante-bellum abolitionist movement in greater Boston. David Blight (Yale University) will be the closing speaker.
Other presenters include:
* John Stauffer (Harvard) and Sandra Sandiford Young (Boston College) on Sen. Charles Sumner and the Black and White Abolitionist Community.
* Scott Gac (Trinity) and Deborah Ann Goss (SoloTogether) on Anti-Slavery Music.
* Christoph Irmscher (Indiana University) and Sally Pierce (Boston Athenaeum) on Abolitionism in Popular Culture.
* Jean Fagan Yellin (Pace) and Julie Roy Jeffrey (Goucher) on Women in the Anti-slavery Movement.
* Zoe Trodd (University of North Carolina) and the Hon. Byron Rushing (Massachusetts House of Representatives) on the contemporary relevance of this historical movement.
This symposium has been organized for public historians, teachers, students, scholars, and the general public. Pre-registration is required; the registration fee (which includes a boxed lunch) is $25 per person. For more information and a link to the registration site, please visit:
In connection to this symposium, on Friday evening, October 23, the Underground Railway Theater will present a staged reading of a portion of Lydia Diamondís new play HARRIET JACOBS, about the fugitive slave and abolitionist author. Following that presentation, Kenneth Greenberg, Dean of Suffolk University, will lead a discussion of the challenges of dramatizing history with Diamond and Prof. Blight. This Friday evening program will be free and open to the public; seating is limited.
Other historical organizations in greater Boston have scheduled concurrent events related to the regionís history of slavery, abolition, and civil rights. That growing list of events is posted here:
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