Six Tubman Students Awarded Prestigious Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (DARE)

    The Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (DARE) provides Liberal Arts & Professional Studies undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in research supervised by a faculty member. Over the summer months, selected students develop their research skills through the investigation of a research area of interest. Of the 2019-2020 awardees, six are Tubman […]

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Language and Translation

CBC Radio had a series, Babel “Lost and Found in Translation”. On Episode 3 they discussed words that cannot be (easily) translated into English; the one I heard on the radio recently was a Portuguese word for the mark left by a glass on a table. We can think of others. And the reverse game of […]

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Fact, Fiction and Slavery Testimonials

The Cambodia Daily published an article on October 13th called “Sex Slave Story Revealed to be Fabricated”. (Hat tip to Joel Quirk for this.)  Coincidentally I was reading Natalie Zemon Davis’ book Fiction in the Archives: Pardon Tales and Their Tellers, thanks this time to my York colleague and big Davis fan, Amanda Glasbeek. Reading […]

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Policing Racism

The Toronto Star reported October 8th on the Toronto Police Services Board‘s decision to hold a public consultation on “carding” – more specifically, the disproportionate rate at which Black Torontonians are stopped and documented by police. The Police Services Board was considering the Police and Community Engagement Review (PACER) report on police carding (Form 306) […]

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Conversations about young women, sexuality and stereotypes

With debates about “twerking”, cultural appropriation, and Miley Cyrus in full “swing”, other conversations about young women’s sexuality and stereotypes are also taking place. Ciann Wilson kicked off the Tubman Speakers Series on October 3rd. She presenter her very interesting research based on work with African, Caribbean and Black young women (between the ages of 14 […]

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Back-to-School @ Tubman

As September is now upon us and the Buxton Homecoming is behind us, it is time to look ahead to the academic year at the Harriet Tubman Institute. It is going to be another exciting one! As you know, Professor Paul Lovejoy finished his 6-year term as Director of Tubman last year and Professor Michele […]

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Modern Dance and Modern Media bring Harriet Tubman to Life

Bringing history to life takes many different forms. And bringing the story and legacy of Harriet Tubman to life also occurs in many different media – including contemporary dance and augmented reality. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jean Johnson Jones  from Surrey University this week and seeing her reconstruction of the suite of […]

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The Images of Slaves and Slavery

Many of you may have seen “The Spy Photo that Fooled NPR, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, and Me” by Lois Leveen in The Atlantic this week or the posting on H-Net. The author notes that, “Folks interested in teaching students the value of archival research in the age of the internet might want to use […]

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Summer Reading at Tubman

As I sit to write this first blog entry as Interim Director, summer humidity has enveloped Toronto and I have just finished reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new novel Americanah.  From the author of Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Purple Hibiscus (2003), Americanah seems like the perfect Tubman summer reading. Like the Harriet Tubman […]

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Annie Bunting talks about forced marriage

Annie Bunting, Associate Professor of Law & Society, talks about forced marriage at the 2013 Conable Conference in International Studies and Forced Marriage Symposium at the Rochester Institute of Technology:  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhn7-jySZ7c More researchers talking about forced marriage at the Conable Conference can be found here.

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