Emancipation Semester Spring 2013

During the Spring Semester 2013, the Department of History will mark the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with an exploration of its domestic and global legacies.

The department’s regularly scheduled History Workshop series on Tuesdays will feature a set of presentations on the theme of emancipation in its multiple geographic and temporal dimensions.

The department will provide a number of speakers for a campus-wide course WOMS/BAMS 298 co-sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and Black American Studies. The workshop series and the course will be open to the public.

At the University of Delaware Library, visitors will be able to view documents and materials from the Lincoln Collection in its Special Collections.

In Wilmington, the department will join with the Delaware Historical Society to offer a symposium on “Emancipation and its Legacies” on Saturday, April 6. Participants will have an opportunity to hear U.S. poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, who writes poetry informed by issues of memory and race.
View PDF of the Symposium flyer and schedule here

The semester will culminate in mid April. On Thursday April 18, Professor David Blight of Yale University, a leading scholar of the Civil War and its legacies, will deliver the William Watson Harrington Lecture. The lecture honors Harrington, an alumnus (1895) and 59-year member of the University of Delaware’s Board of Trustees. The following day, Prof. Blight will offer a colloquium on recent research.