Series of Events at SUNY Geneseo to Mark ‘Emancipation at 150’ Anniversary

GENESEO, N.Y. - A panel discussion, art exhibition and keynote address by a distinguished University of Pennsylvania history professor will highlight SUNY Geneseo's "Emancipation at 150" observance during February. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation Jan. 1, 1863, which freed slaves in states remaining in rebellion during the American Civil War.

A panel of faculty members will discuss "The Meaning of Emancipation" Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. in Newton Hall Room 214. On the panel will be Alice Rutkowski, associate professor of English; Cathy Adams, assistant professor history; Rose Marie Chierici, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology; and Justin Behrend, assistant professor of history.

Also on Feb. 1 will be the opening of "Meditations on Emancipation" art exhibition in the college's Bertha V. B. Lederer Fine Arts Gallery in room 203 of the Brodie Fine Arts Building. The exhibit, which runs through March, will showcase contemporary artists' interpretations of the meaning of emancipation. An opening reception is scheduled for 5 p.m.

On Feb. 21, Steve Hahn, a distinguished professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the keynote address "Slave Emancipation, Indian Peoples, and the Projects of a New American State." His address begins at 7 p.m. in the MacVittie Union Ballroom. Hahn received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book, "A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration."

Support of Hahn's address is being provided from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Departments of History, English, Anthropology and Black Studies.

All events are free and open to the public.

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