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Conference Honors Professor Ira Berlin

McKeldin Library Special Events Room (6137)
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 9:00 AM to Friday, April 10, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Please join us on April 9 and 10, 2015, for a conference honoring  the work of Professor Ira Berlin. Entitled Slavery, Freedom, and the Remaking of American History, this event will feature presentations by former students of Dr. Berlin and by past or present members of the Freedmen & Southern Society Project.

The conference is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

NOTE: Frederick Douglass Statue Fund

Arguably “the most important individual to trod Maryland’s soils,” Frederick Douglass will be commemorated with a statue to be erected in UMD’s Frederick Douglass Square currently being designed by the university, and scheduled to open Fall 2015. The Square’s home will be Hornbake Plaza and the statue will stand in the center accompanied by significant Frederick Douglass quotes. This fund will help secure funds for the statue. 

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Slavery, Freedom, and the Remaking of American History
A Conference in Honor of Ira Berlin

April 9-10, 2015
University of Maryland, College Park
McKeldin Library Special Events Room (6137)

§ former student of Ira Berlin
‡ past or present member of the Freedmen & Southern Society Project

Thursday, April 9

9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-11:30 Maneuvering Within, Against, and Out of Slavery
Chair: § Edna Greene Medford, Howard University

Beyond Manumission: Slave Emancipations and the (Re-)Invention of Freedom
‡ Julie Saville, University of Chicago

Taking Canaan: Nat Turner's War against Slavery
‡ Anthony E. Kaye, Pennsylvania State University

Another Type of Passage: African-American Community in the Slave-Exporting Center of Georgetown
§ Mary Beth Corrigan, Independent Scholar

By Land and by Water: The Problem of Mobility in American Slavery
‡ Susan Eva O'Donovan, University of Memphis

1:00-3:00 Free Blacks in a World of Slavery
Chair: ‡ Michael K. Honey, University of Washington, Tacoma

Slavery and Freedom in New Orleans' Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World
§ Jessica Marie Johnson, Michigan State University

Human Trafficking, Internal Black Migration, and the Rise of the Deep South in Jacksonian America
§ M. Scott Heerman, Johns Hopkins University

Presumption of Guilt: Race, Liberty, and Policing in the Early Republic
‡ Kate Masur, Northwestern University

Salvador v. Turner: Black Litigants, Citizenship, and Local Courts in the Antebellum American South
§ Kimberly M. Welch, West Virginia University

3:15 An Assessment and Appreciation of the Scholarship of Ira Berlin
Chair: ‡ Barbara J. Fields, Columbia University

Ira Berlin and the Making of the American Working Class
‡ Steven Hahn, University of Pennsylvania

4:30-6:00 Reception
The David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora (1207 Cole Student Activities Building)

Friday, April 10

9:00-10:45 Emancipation and the U.S. Civil War
Chair: ‡ Steven F. Miller, University of Maryland

Relief, Surveillance, and Discipline in the Civil War Refugee Camp
‡ Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

The Abolition of Slavery in the Lower Mississippi Valley
‡ John C. Rodrigue, Stonehill College

Transforming Medicine: Race and the U.S. Civil War
‡ Leslie A. Schwalm, University of Iowa

11:00-12:00 The Law and the Constitution in the Aftermath of Emancipation
Chair: ‡ Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

Not by Reason of Color Alone: Class and Character in Ex-Slaves' Encounters with the Law, 1865-1867
‡ Leslie S. Rowland, University of Maryland

Making History, Making the Constitution: The Fifteenth Amendment in American Political Culture, 1870-1920
‡ Stephen A. West, The Catholic University of America

1:15-2:45 War and the Transformation of African-American Life: Reflections on Ira Berlin's Scholarship

Chair: § Herbert Brewer, Morgan State University

Time, Space, and the Dissolution of Afro-American Slavery in the American Civil War
‡ Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University

The Black Military Experience and the Social History of Soldiers
§ Donald R. Shaffer, American Public University

Military Service as a Migratory Experience: World War II and the Third Great Migration
§ Douglas Bristol, Jr., University of Southern Mississippi

3:00-4:00 Personal Reflections on Ira Berlin's Influence
Chair: § Cynthia M. Kennedy, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Atlantic Creoles and Global Competencies, Past and Present
§ Sarah Russell, Duke University

Seen and Unseen: First Ladies and Slaves
§ Marie Jenkins Schwartz, University of Rhode Island

Of Road Scholars and Historians against Slavery: Ira Berlin's Influence as a Public Intellectual
§ Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University