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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Choices, Careers and Living Black History

Time: Feb. 11, 2021, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Virtual

Daina Ramey Berry (University of Texas at Austin)
Erica Armstrong Dunbar (Rutgers University)
P. Gabrielle Foreman (Pennsylvania State University)
Shirley Moody-Turner (Pennsylvania State University)

In this inaugural event launching P. Gabrielle Foreman's 2021 Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Syracuse University Humanities Center, three Black women scholars and institution builders (Foreman, Daina Ramey Berry, and Erica Armstrong Dunbar) discuss their innovative scholarship, transformative advocacy, and how they’ve overcome the challenges of centering Black women’s lives, resistance, and intellectual contributions. Shirley Moody-Turner moderates this interdisciplinary dialogue.  

Watch the recorded session.

Download a printable schedule of Foreman's virtual involvements on campus for Spring 2021.

Biography: P. Gabrielle Foreman is Co-Director of the Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk; Professor of English, African American Studies and History; and Paterno Family Chair of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University. She is the founding faculty director of the Colored Conventions Project, which brings to life seven decades of nineteenth-century Black organizing for educational access, labor justice, voting rights and freedom from state-sanctioned violence. Her publications include Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century, the Penguin edition of Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig, which first recovered Wilson’s life as an important hair care entrepreneur and spiritualist speaker, and the first edited collection on Black-led state and national activism spanning seven decades and crossing America, The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century.

Additional supporters:

  • African American Studies Department
  • English Department
  • English Graduate Program
  • History Department
  • Lender Center for Social Justice
  • Office of the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Office of Special Events
  • Political Science Department
  • Syracuse University Libraries
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Department
  • Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • CNY Humanities Corridor Working Group-Culture and Democracy in 19th-Century NY

This event is part of the 2021 Watson Professor residency hosted by Dorri Beam, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of English; Joan Bryant, Department Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies; Petrina Jackson, Director of the Special Collections Research Center; and Patricia Roylance, Associate Professor of English.

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities is a preeminent lectureship originally established by the Watson family to support on-campus residencies of prominent humanities scholars, writers, and artists.

Dorri Beam, Joan Bryant, Petrina Jackson, Patricia Roylance, Watson Professor hosting team