Freedom Rising:
150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation
and African American Military Service

May 2-4, 2013


Speakers & Agenda

Freedom Rising Collaborators:

African American Experience Fund
African & African American Studies Department, Harvard University
Boston African American National Historic Site
Boston National Historical Park
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard University
The History Channel
History Department, Harvard University
Lowell Institute
Mass Humanities
Massachusetts Office for Access and Opportunity
Museum of African American History
New Democracy Coalition
Office of the President, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Underground Railway Theater, in residence at Central Square Theater
Warren Center, Harvard University
W.E.B Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University
Houghton Library

Community Partners:
The Welcome Project
Books of Hope
The Haitian Coalition
Madison Park Development Corporation

Upcoming Schedule of Events

 Date

    Time

                    Event

 

 4/9/2013

 6:30-8 pm

Welcome Project, 530 Mystic Avenue, Somerville

Hosts: The Welcome Project, 530 Mystic Avenue, Somerville, MA. Hosts: The Welcome Project, Books of Hope, The Haitian Coalition - Free

 4/13/2013

 Noon-1:30 

Hibernan Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury

Host: Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury, MA Host: Madison Park Development Corporation - Free

 4/25/2013

   7:00 p.m.

Center for the Arts at the Armory

 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA

 5/2/2013

6:00 -7:30pm

Museum of African American History, African Meeting House - 46 Joy Street, Boston, MA

Opening Keynote Address: Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of American History, Columbia University 

 5/3/2013

5/3/2013
08:30-5:00pm

    Freedom Rising Symposium

A symposim exploring the national and hemispheric impact of the Emancipation Proclamation and of the recruitment of black troops during the American Civil War.
Located at the Radcliffe Gymnasium, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

                                              8:30am-9:00am -Registration and Coffee

                                                                   
                                                     09:00 am - 09:15 am Introductory Remarks
                                                              
Welcome: Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University

Donald Yacovone, Manager of Research and Program Development, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University

                                     09:15 am - 10:45 am Panel I. Black Communities, Women, and Civil Rights

Moderator, Evelyn B. Higginbotham,  Victor S. Thomas Professor of History of African American Studies and Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Lois Brown, Elizabeth Small Professor of English - Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, Mount Holyoke College

Anna-Lisa Cox, Consultant to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture; Associate of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University              

Kate Masur, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

                                                                  10:45 am-11:00 am Coffee Break

                                                                     
                                             The African American Military Experience
                                                               11am - 12:30pm

Moderator, Byron Rushing, Massachusetts State Representative

Donald Shaffer, Professor of History, American Public University System

Russell Duncan, Professor of History and Social Studies in the English-Speaking World, University of Copenhagen

Richard M. Reid, Associate Professor of History, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada 

Gretchen Long, Associate Professor of History, Williams College

                                                             12:30- 1:30 pm - Lunch Break

                                                                    
                                                
Emancipation in a Hemispheric Context
                                                                 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Jean Casimir, Professor of Human Sciences of the University of Haiti and former Haitian ambassador to the United States

Laurent Dubois, Professor of French Studies and History, and Director of the Center for French & Francophone Studies, Duke University

Vincent Brown, Professor of History and of African American Studies, Harvard University

Vitor Izecksohn, Graduate Program in Social History - Federal University of Rio de Raneiro, Brazil 

Seymour Drescher, University Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh 

                                                                  3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Coffee Break

                                                                    
                                                             The Art and Music of Emancipation
                                                               3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Moderator: Peter H. Wood, Emeritus Professor of History, Duke University

 
Karen C.C. Dalton, Editor, Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University

 
Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

 
Deborah Willis, Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University

 
John Stauffer, Professor of English and Professor of African American Studies and Chair of the History of American Civilization Program, Harvard University

                                                          Concluding Remarks 
                                                              4:45 pm- 5:00pm  

David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, Yale University 

 5/4/2013

 11am-12pm

Houghton Library Sesquicentennial Exhibition Tour

Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

 5/4/2013

 5pm-6:30pm -
Doors will open at 4:30

Tremont Temple Baptist Church

Roots of Liberty: The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War, a theatrical performance by the Underground Railway Theater. A one time theatrical event in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Special guests Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and author Edwidge Danticat exploring the impact of the Haitian Revolution on the antislavery movement and the Civil War. All events are free and open to the public.  Download flyer here.

 
                                 ***Please Note**  All venues are wheelchair accessible.