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“From Slavery to Freedom: The Struggle for Civic Virtue at St. Mary’s and Beyond”

September 23, 2017 @ 8:50 am - 6:30 pm

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The African and African Diaspora Studies program (AADS) at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will host its first annual fall symposium on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. “From Slavery to Freedom: The Struggle for Civic Virtue at St. Mary’s and Beyond” will give special attention to recently discovered evidence that St. Mary’s Female Seminary owned slaves during the nineteenth century. The symposium will also examine practices designed to memorialize slavery on American college campuses. In addition, scholars will explore the history of slavery in St. Mary’s County, Southern Maryland and other parts of Maryland.

Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/mehlU0uqQP6PrAO82 if you plan to attend.

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. – Continental Breakfast

8:50 – 9:00 a.m. – Welcome Remarks by Jeffrey Coleman, AADS

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Panel 1 Enslaved Africans at St. Mary’s Seminary/SMCM campus

Moderator: Alonzo Gaskin, former president, NAACP, St. Mary’s County

  • “Slavery, Archives, and Genealogy: from Primary Sources to Conversation in Southern Maryland”

Kent Randell, College Archivist, SMCM

  • “Slavery and the Underground Landscape”

Julia King, Department of Anthropology, SMCM

  • “(Re)-presentations of Slavery at St. Mary’s City, Maryland, 1966-2017”

Garrey Dennie, Department of History, SMCM

  • “St. Mary’s Commemoration Project”

Chip Jackson, Vice President for Business and Finance, SMCM

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. refreshments

11:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Panel 2 Institutional Implications of Slavery at St. Mary’s College

            of Maryland

ModeratorDr. Janice T. Walthour, President, NAACP of St. Mary’s County

  • “Building a Collaborative Commemoration of Slavery on the Landscape”

Iris Carter Ford, Department of Anthropology, SMCM

  • “Memorializing Debt:  Embedded History and Affective Knowledge”

Christine A. Wooley, Department of English, SMCM

  • “Acknowledging and Accessing Slavery’s Input to American Higher Education: The Case of St. Mary’s College of Maryland”

Steve Lenik, Department of Anthropology, SMCM

  • “Unmasking the Slave Mentality: The Cognition of Slavery”

Kortet Mensah, Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, SMCM

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Panel 3: Chesapeake Institutions and Slavery

Moderator: Kent Randell, Archivist, SMCM

  • “The Transience of Virtue:  Founding Daughters, Penitent Children, and Public Institutions”

Jeanne K. Pirtle, Education Director, Historic Sotterley

  • “‘Property Gone with the Enemy’: War of 1812 Escapees from St. Mary’s City”

Silas Hurry, Curator of Collections and Archaeological Laboratory Director, Historic St. Mary’s City

  • “Picturing George Washington and Slavery in a Global Context”

Emily Clare Casey, Department of Art and Art History, SMCM

  • “‘Their names will not be forgotten’: Interpreting Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon”

Jessie MacLeod, Associate Curator, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. refreshments

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. – Panel 4: Slavery in Maryland and Beyond

Moderator: Walter Hill, Department of Political Science, SMCM

  • “Franco-Caribbean Roots, Local Soil: Stories of Immigration, Enslavement, and Resistance at the L’Hermitage Plantation in Frederick, Maryland”

George MacLeod, Department of International Languages and Cultures, SMCM

  • “Archaeology, Oral History and The Novel: Inserting Kunta Kinte into The Gambia’s Atlantic Past”

Liza Gijanto, Department of Anthropology, SMCM

  • “Delayed Reciprocity as Reparation: SMCM’s PEACE Program in The Gambia, West Africa”

William Roberts, Department of Anthropology, SMCM

  • “Race(ism) and Reconciliation”

Merideth Taylor, Professor Emerita, TFMS, SMCM

5:00-6:30 p.m. – Culminating Lecture & Jazz Performance: “Liberation: The Spirit of Jazz and Democracy” (in Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall)

Sybol Anderson, Chief Diversity Officer, Loyola University New Orleans

Dominic Fragman ’07, jazz historian, percussion

Paul F. Murphy, percussion

Larry Willis, piano

Jere Carroll, poet



September 23, 2017
8:50 am - 6:30 pm
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Jeffrey Coleman


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