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Anna Julia Cooper Workshop in Black History

The Anna Julia Cooper Workshop in Black History features scholars from various disciplines researching and writing on Black history in the United States and the world.

The Anna Julia Cooper Workshop in Black History (The Cooper Workshop) features scholars from various disciplines researching and writing on Black history in the United States and the world. Cooper was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in History. She taught and mentored scores of students in D.C. and made invaluable contributions to Black intellectual life.

The Cooper Workshop will feature scholars from various disciplines researching and writing on Black history in the US and the world. We use “Black” to embrace the expansiveness of African America and attend to the long tradition of black internationalism. With the conviction that “all knowledge is incremental and collective,” as David Levering Lewis once wrote, the Workshop aims to foster a supportive space for the engagement and production of innovative scholarship in African American history.

As a works-in-progress series, we discuss pre-circulated, unpublished papers. The Cooper Workshop draws an interdisciplinary community from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area with expertise in a wide reach of the field. We host six sessions per academic year. Papers will be circulated seven days in advance of the workshop.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the workshop will meet via Zoom on Fridays, 4:00-5:30 p.m., ET. 

To join the listserv, email T’Sey-Haye M. Preaster, coordinator, tpreaste@umd.edu , or Quincy Mills, convener, qtmills@umd.edu

 

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Graduate Student Writing Retreat 2021-22

Anna Julia Cooper Workshop in Black History

Graduate Student Writing Retreat 2021-22

9 AM-5 PM, ET Via Zoom

The Cooper Workshop will host three (3) graduate student writing retreats during the 2021-22 academic year. These day-long retreats are intended for graduate students working in Black history and adjacent fields of study. Each retreat will provide participants with structured writing time and an opportunity to engage with their peers. The retreat sessions will take place virtually via Zoom. 

The scheduls for 2021-22 is:

Session I November 5, 2021 9:00 am-5:00pm

Session II February 11, 2022 9:00 am-5:00pm

Session III Apri 8, 2022 9:00 am-5:00pm

To register and receive updates, including the session schedule and Zoom login, email tpreaste@umd.edu.

 

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Schedule of Events 2021-2022

FALL 2021


September 24, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
Nemata BlydenProfessor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University

"A Black Atlantic Family History”
Discussant: Elijah Zehyoue, Howard University
 
October 22, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
Julius Fleming, Jr., Assistant Professor of English, University of Maryland College Park

“Impatient to Be Free: An Introduction to ‘Black Patience: Performance, Civil Rights, and the Unfinished Project of Emancipation’”
Discussant: Christina Thomas, Johns Hopkins University

November 5, 9:00am-5:00pm ET via Zoom
Graduate Student Writing Retreat Session I

Register HERE
More info HERE

November 19, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
Quito Swan, Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

“Poor People's Governors: Reggae, Dancehall, and Decolonization in Bermuda”
Discussant: Damita Green, Morgan State University
 
SPRING 2022

February 11, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm
Graduate Student Writing Retreat Session II
Register HERE
More info HERE

February 25, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
Jewell Debnam, Historian, Sidwell Friends School 
"The truth…will make us all free”: Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Workers’ Rights in Charleston”
Discussant: Joshua L. Crutchfield, University of Texas at Austin
 
April 1, 4:00 p.m.*
Marjoleine Kars, Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
“Multiple Crossings: The Lives of Two African Men in the Eighteenth-Century Dutch Atlantic”
Discussant: Jordan Sly, University of Maryland, College Park

*Joint in-person session with the Washington Early American Seminar

April 8, 2022 9:00am-5:00pm
Graduate Student Writing Retreat Session III
Register HERE
More info HERE
 
April 22, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
Crystal Moten, Curator of African American History, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
“ReWORKing the Record: A Collections Plan for Black Business and Labor History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History”
Discussant: Eola Dance, Howard University

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Who to Contact

Quincy Mills

Associate Professor, History, College of Arts and Humanities

2130 Taliaferro Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4266

T'Sey-Haye Preaster

Graduate Assistant III, American Studies, History

1102 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-5347