Emancipation Symposium

Department of History
Emancipation Symposium

View PDF of the Symposium flyer and schedule here

As part of a semester’s programming on “Emancipation and Its Legacies,” the symposium will examine the Proclamation in the context of other slave emancipations, and the legacies of emancipation in Delaware and the United States at large. The event will feature presentations by distinguished historians and legal scholars, and will be headlined by new United States poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, whose recent book, Native Guard, explores the experiences of one of the first units of African American soldiers serving in the Civil War.  The symposium will combine national with local history, and take an interdisciplinary humanities approach to the topic, meshing history, law, and literature.

The symposium was held in Wilmington on Saturday, April 6, 2013, 12:30-4:30, at the Delaware Historical Society’s Delaware History Center, Copeland Room, 504 N. Market St.

Schedule:
12:30-12:40 Welcome and introductions by Moderator Leland Ware, Louis Redding Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of Delaware

12:45 “U.S. Emancipation in Historical Perspective,” Peter Kolchin, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History, University of Delaware

1:30 Break

1:45 “Emancipation’s Legacies in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Delaware,” Jonathan Russ, Associate Professor of History. University of Delaware

2:30 Break

2:45 “Emancipation’s Legacies in Delaware’s Experience of School Desegregation,” Brett Gadsden, Assistant Professor African American Studies, Emory University

3:30 Break

3:45 Poetry Reading, Natasha Tretheway, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, Emory University, and United States Poet Laureate