18th Annual Underground Railroad & Black History Conference – Virtual February 17, 2021

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Camp William Penn and United States Colored Troops Recruitment, Training & Fight for Freedom
18TH ANNUAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD & BLACK HISTORY CONFERENCE
Sponsored by the Temple University Department of Africology
and African American Studies with the Consortium of CWEST

Chair: Molefi K. Asante
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Tom Wieckowski & David Harrower, authors of A Spectacle for Men and Angels
Moderator: Timothy Welbeck, Esq. |
John Meko on Frederick Douglass and USCT
With a special session:  William Still on his 200th Anniversary | Speaker: Nilgun A. Okur & Andy Waskie
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 1:00-4:00PM
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Seeking Justice Frederick Douglass and William L. Garrison Collaborated

In 1841, William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass formed a partnership that would last a decade and forever change the abolitionist movement. Throughout the stages of their extraordinary alliance, anti-slavery mobilization was accelerated, reaching its height between 1841 and 1851. Centering their arguments on emancipation, women’s equality, and suffrage, the two men worked tirelessly to publicize and recruit for their cause. Their work initiated a new discourse of social reform and critique, positioning the abolition of slavery at the center of progressive social concerns throughout the first half of the nineteenth century.
Dismantling Slavery is the first book to address these two giants of abolition—Douglass and Garrison—simultaneously. While underscoring the evolution of abolitionist discourse, Dismantling Slavery unveils the true nature of the friendship between Douglass and Garrison, a key ingredient often overlooked by scholars. Drawing on the writings, speeches, and experiences that shaped the two as abolitionists, Nilgün Anadolu-Okur’s groundbreaking study is one account of the ways in which abolitionist discourse was shaped and put to the purposes of moral and democratic reforms. In addition to turning a close eye on the relationship between Douglass and Garrison, Anadolu-Okur also details significant developments that occurred in tandem among other abolitionists and activists of the era, making for a compelling account of this pivotal decade in American history, up until the dissolution of Garrison and Douglass’s partnership.
Dismantling Slavery represents a significant interdisciplinary contribution to the study of abolitionist discourse and will appeal to a wide range of nineteenth-century scholars.

Forthcoming Article on Julia Pardoe’s Travel Narrative on Istanbul “Transnationalizing Space and Identity in 19th century”

As a young British author, Julia Pardoe arrived Istanbul in 1834 and compiled one of the most fascinating narratives on Istanbul and Turkish culture in 1836. The three-volume book was an immediate success and it went through several editions. It featured sketches and drawings of Bosphorus, as well as street scenes, depicting men, women and children, during a critical time period while Turkish society was going through a major socio-political transformation.

Chapter on Divine Motherhood in Antiquity: Cybele and Artemisia

From Cybele to Artemisia: Motherhood and Great Mothers of Ancient Anatolia, in Motherhood in the Ancient World. eds. Dana Cooper and Claire Phelan, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

This chapter investigates female deities of Ancient Anatolia, in particular Cybele. While I was completing the research, a miraculous event took place. A 2,100 year-old statue of the Goddess was unearthed on top of a mountain, near the Black Sea, in Northern Turkey! Depicting the Goddess in a seated posture, the statue amazed the archeologists across the world.

http://www.archaeology.org/news/4826-160909-anatolia-cybele-statue

https://travelatelier.com/turkey-travel-blog/2100-year-old-statue-cybele-found-ordu-black-sea/2,100-year-old statue of Cybele the Anatolian mother goddess unearthed in northern Turkey

Research on Civil Rights Drama by Cambridge University Press

The Cambridge Companion to American Civil Rights Literature, March 2015

9781107635647

 Title: “Drama and Performance from Civil Rights to Black Arts”

Civil Rights Movement impacted all aspects of American life, including arts and theater. I analyzed the impact of socio-cultural developments throughout Sixties and Seventies, on African American theater, the Black Arts Movement and timeless productions by renowned playwrights from August Wilson to Amiri Baraka.

Reviews available in Callaloo and Journal of Southern Literature

Annual Black History and Underground Railroad Conference Themes (2017-2019): Emancipation, Equal Rights, Education

In 2019 the Conference celebrated its 16th year and featured “Black Education in Philadelphia” as its theme.

At Temple University we are proud to organize the only academic and annual conference on Underground Railroad history. The conference is free and open to public. Please contact us in January for the conference dates which takes place in February, on our main campus, conveniently located, close to subway and railroad stations in North East Philly.

Wednesday February 13, 2019
Walk Auditorium, Ritter Hall, Main Campus

The 14th Annual Black History and Underground Railroad Conference was one of the best attended by students and Civil War scholars on February 15, 2017

Free and Open to the Public; AAAS students always receive extra credit for attending!

Co-founders: Dr. Nilgun A. Okur and Dr. Andy Waskie

Sponsored by AAAS Department and Civil War Museum