Archive for January 19th, 2019

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for Annual Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad ConferenceProposals for workshops are being accepted until February 4, 2019 for this year’s Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference, which will be held May 31 through June 1, 2019 in Cambridge, MD — a few miles from where Harriet Tubman once lived. This year’s theme, “It Ran on Faith,” describes Harriet’s approach to her life, as well as those who worked in secret, helping others to freedom.

This conference invites historians, students, educators, researchers, genealogists, artists and others to share and compare, interpret and celebrate this story based on family, freedom, community and faith. They are seeking proposals related to the realities and complexities of slavery, escapes and those who made escapes possible with an undercurrent of faith.

Workshop sessions by individuals or groups should be one hour in length. All programming benefits from audience interaction. Proposals should include the title and type of the presentation. Presenter information needed includes name, organization, email, phone number and mailing address. A short bio and photo should be included in presenter’s submission.

The presentation must be explained by describing the topic/theme in 300 words or less. The intended audience and technology requirements must also be included.

All of this can be emailed to

For more information, email or call 410-228-7953.

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2019 Hurlbut-Walker Memorial Research Forum: Call For Proposals (Due April 30, 2019)

Hurlbut-Walker Memorial Research Forum: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives is accepting proposals January 18 – April 30, 2019 for our annual summer research forum with the following objectives:

Honor the Life, Memory, and Contributions of Richard L. Hurlbut and James D. Walker.

Introduce and Engage the public with the Sumner Museum Collection.
Promote the work and valued research of individuals who have used the Sumner Archives as one of their major resources for a finished work; i.e. book, dissertation, film, community project, etc.

Facilitate lively discussion about the culture, history, and legacy of DC Public Education.

The summer forum will occur on the third Wednesday of each month, June-August from 6:30-9:00pm. The forum is free and open to the public.

Call for Proposals for the following research forum dates:
June 19, 2019
July 17, 2019
August 21, 2019

If you are interested in being a featured speaker, please submit a summary of what you would like to present in under 200 words. Be specific when referencing the completed work or if the work is in-progress. This includes, but is not limited to book, film, dissertation, thesis, community project, oral history project, etc. Your selected presentation must include significant use of the Sumner Museum Collection as a resource. All submissions must include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and professional/organizational affiliation. Please note which of the 3 dates you are available to present in order of preference.

For consideration, please e-mail your submission by C.O.B. April 30, 2019 to

Submissions will be reviewed within the week of May 1st and notifications will be sent out by May 15, 2019.

We look forward to another outstanding series!


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“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” David Blight talk at Washington College: RESCHEDULED to February 7, 2019 or NOVEMBER 7, 2019 … we aren’t sure?

David Blight returns to the one of the scenes of his lies, distortions and perversions.

According to Washington College’s website, the disgraceful historian will speak either February 7, 2019 and/or November 7, 2019.

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“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom” David Blight talk RESCHEDULED to February 7, 2019

DATE: 5:30PM EST NOVEMBER 12, 2018

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER 7, 2019. Master historian David Blight shares his major new biography — the first in more than a quarter century — of a brilliant author, activist, orator, and statesman. Douglass, born enslaved on the Eastern Shore, escaped bondage to become one of the greatest Americans of his era. Blight is Professor of American History at Yale University, as well as Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. His books and online courses have won him widespread acclaim and earned the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize, among other honors. *Book signing to follow.

*At these events, autographed copies of the book will be available at half the regular cover price for Washington College students.

The Starr Center explores the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, seeks creative approaches to illuminating the past, and inspires thoughtful conversation informed by history.


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