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The Anna Julia Cooper Workshop In Black History

August 21, 2020 History

The Anna Julia Cooper Workshop In Black History

New interdisciplinary workshop features scholars discussing works-in-progress.

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 doctorate in History, 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 United States 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As a works-in-progress series, we discuss pre-circulated, unpublished papers.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 (DMV) 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 2020-21 academic year, the workshop will meet via Zoom, Fridays 4:00-5:30 p.m. To join the listserv, email Jessica Wicks-Allen, coordinator,, or Quincy Mills, convener,




Schedule of Events


Fall 2020


September 25: 4 pm. Crystal Webster (University of Texas, San Antonio):“‘Hanging Pretty Girls': The Criminalization of African American Children in Early America.” 

Discussant: Jessica Wicks-Allen (University of Maryland, College Park)


October 23: 4pm. Erin Chapman (George Washington University): “Freedom: A Bohemian Writes the Revolution.” 

Discussant: T’Sey-Haye Marie Preaster (University of Maryland, College Park)


November 20: 4pm. Tiffany Gill (Rutgers University): “Retreat, but Don't Surrender: Civil Rights Activists and the Problem of Leisure.” 

Discussant: Brittany Lewis (George Washington University)


Spring 2021


February 26: 4pm. Charles McKinney (Rhodes College): “The Political Worlds of George Washington Lee: Power, Politics, and the End of Segregation.” 

Discussant: Stanley Maxson (University of Maryland, College Park)


March 26: 4pm.Tamanika Ferguson (University of Maryland, College Park): “The Incarcerated Women's Public Sphere.” 

Discussant: Derek Litvak (University of Maryland, College Park)


April 23: 4pm. Christopher Freeburg (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “When did We Become an Us: The Origins of Black Culture as an Idea during Slavery.” 

Discussant: Sophie Hess (University of Maryland)