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Cayuga CC co-sponsors a centennial symposium on Harriet Tubman

DATE: 01-31-2013

On November 8 and 9, 2013, Cayuga Community College will host “Harriet Tubman: No Longer Underground,” a two-day symposium and community dialogue marking the centennial of the death of Harriet Tubman in 1913.

Co-Sponsored by the Harriet Tubman Boosters Club, the Seward House Museum, and the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the symposium will celebrate the life and work of the heroic African American woman who escaped slavery, conducted other slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, served the Union Army during the Civil War, and worked as a humanitarian and advocate for women’s rights throughout the 50 years she lived in Auburn, New York.

“As federal legislators consider a proposal to establish two related National Park sites in Auburn, N.Y., and in Maryland to honor the work of Harriet Tubman, Cayuga Community College takes pride in sponsoring this centennial symposium that brings together researchers, writers, and community members to learn about the impact and influence of this iconic American,” said College President Daniel P. Larson. “Central New York, and Auburn in particular, have a rich history as being the home to pioneers of social reform and political leadership. This conference will pull together several local and national storylines that intersect with Harriet Tubman’s life, including the William Seward Family, the Underground Railroad, Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church of Auburn, and women’s rights.”

The program will include leading historians presenting new research and insights about Harriet Tubman, highlighting the social context in which she lived, to encourage greater appreciation, respect for and understanding of our present-day cultural and racial diversity, and to illustrate the relevance of Harriet Tubman's legacy to continuing struggles for human rights throughout the world.

“We’re working hard to line up an impressive list of historians and Tubman scholars, as well as a Harriet Tubman re-enactor, to present their research and engage students and community members in a discussion about Tubman’s legacy and the issues that she faced, some of which we still face today,” said Rosemarie Romano, co-chair of the symposium planning committee and member of the Harriet Tubman Boosters Club. “We expect that this symposium will attract interest from people all across the nation, as Harriet Tubman remains a hero for America and the world.”

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