President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, which freed slaves in states remaining in rebellion during the American Civil War. To observe the 150th anniversary of emancipation, Geneseo is holding several key events including a panel discussion, art exhibition and keynote address by a distinguished University of Pennsylvania history professor.
On Friday, Feb. 1, a panel of faculty members will discuss "The Meaning of Emancipation" at 3 p.m. in Newton Hall Room 214. Panelists are Associate Professor of English Alice Rutkowski, Assistant Professor of History Cathy Adams, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology Rose Marie Chierici, and Assistant Professor of History Justin Behrend.
Also on Feb. 1, the "Meditations on Emancipation" art exhibition opens in the Bertha V. B. Lederer Fine Arts Gallery in room 203 of the Brodie Fine Arts Building. The exhibit runs through March and showcases contemporary artists' interpretations of the meaning of emancipation. An opening reception is scheduled on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.
Later in the month, on Thursday, 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 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.