Ongoing Presentations & Workshops – 2017-2019

Margaret Garner and Gendered Resistance: 

• “The Legacy Margaret Garner: Lessons of Empowerment for Today” 


    ASALH Lunch & Learn, Miramar, Broward County, FL, 25 Mar 2017 

    Main Library Palm Beach County Library System, West Palm Beach, 26 Feb 2019 

    Lantana Public Library, Palm Beach County, FL, 23 Mar 2018  

    Wellington Public Library, PBC, FL, 25 Feb 2019

    African Burial Ground, NYC, 5 Oct 2017

    Borough Manhattan Community College, Oct 2017, 2018

    African American Museum of Nassau County, Hempstead, NY, 21 Apr 2019

Genealogy Workshops:

  • “Intro to African American Genealogy” 


    Main Library Palm Beach County Library System, West Palm Beach 

    West Boynton Beach Public Library, 21 Feb 2018

    Boynton Beach Historical Society, West Palm Beach, 16 Apr 2018

    Genealogy Fair, Main Library, 26 Oct 2017

    Health Fair, Forest Hill Elementary, West Palm Beach, 19 May 2018

    Family Mental Health Fair, JFK Medical Center, WPB, 18 May 2019

• “Finding Your Female Roots”

Venues: Black Women Rise Conference, West Palm Beach, Mar 2017;

     17 Mar 2018 BLAST (Bi-Lesbian & Straight Together), Delray Beach, 7 Apr 2019

• Genealogy Workshop Series: 

    “How Do I Begin My Family History?” 6 May 2017 

    “How Do I Organize My Research Findings?” 19 Aug

    “How Do I Share My Research?” 6 Jan 2018

    “How to Use DNA in Your Family History Research” 3 Mar 2018

Venue: Spady Cultural Heritage Museum 

Previous Presentations 

Margaret Garner and Gendered Resistance: 


“Margaret Garner’s Legacy: Teaching about Women’s Resistance to Slavery,” Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad," National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshops for Teachers

“Historic Remedies: Empowering Health Professions Students and Underserved Communities Using Lessons from the Past," poster session, based on book, Gendered Resistance, National AHEC Organization (NAO) annual meeting, Charlotte, NC  

“Women’s Resistance: What the Legacy of Margaret Garner Teaches Us Today,” Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice, Brown University; New Bedford Historical Society; Africana Studies, URI 


Keynote: “Margaret Garner: A Community Conversation,” Chicago Foundation for Women, DuSable African American Museum 

“Margaret Garner: Freedom, Slavery & Humanity,” NYC Opera, Nyack Library 

“Visions of the ‘Other’ in the “African Venus” sculpture of Charles Cordier, (1827-1905),” Gallery Talk, Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Keynote: “The Narrative Arc of Margaret Garner & Beyond, Underground Railroad Conference,” Albany, NY 

“Learning from the Legacy of Women’s Resistance to Slavery: Why Northern Slavery Cannot be Ignored” Bristol Community College; Durfee High School; University of Rhode Island & Rhode Island Black Heritage Society 

Panelist: “The Year of Margaret Garner,” New York City Opera, the New York Historical Society; Tenafly High School, NJ; Apollo Theater, NYC 


Panelist: “Teaching about Race from the Sub-fields of Anthropology” [Applied Anthropological Perspective], American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA

“The Margaret Garner Story: Why is it Important for Today?” Murry Bergtraum High School, NYC; Northern Kentucky University Elderhostel

“Re(dis)covering and Recreating the Cultural Milieu of Margaret Garner,” Oral History Association (OHA), Providence, RI; Gendered Resistance Conference, Miami University & the Freedom Center

“Researching the Margaret Garner Story: Discovering the Motivations for Women’s Liberation,” American Association for State and Local History, Pittsburgh; National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati

“Runaways in Kentucky: Impacts on Michigan,” Slavery, Resistance & Freedom Underground Railroad Symposium, First Congregational Church of Detroit

Symposium co-organizer, and presenter, Miami University and the Freedom Center: "Gendered Resistance: Women Opposing Sexual and Economic Subjugation in Global, Historical and Contemporary Contexts"

“When Sorrow Clouds the Mind: Margaret Garner in Interdisciplinary Perspective,” Association for Psychoanalytic Thought, Freedom Center 

“The Role of Fiction in Recreating the Cultural Milieu of Margaret Garner,” Toni Morrison Society, Cincinnati

“Recreating the Cultural Milieu of Margaret Garner,” Central States Anthropological Society, Oxford, OH, 

“Gender Stereotypes, the African American Family and the Margaret Garner Story” Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Ethics Center 

“Margaret Garner, Salmon P. Chase and the Underground Railroad,” Steely & Chase Law Libraries, Northern Kentucky University

“The Margaret Garner Story: Fact & Fiction,” for Behind the Scenes in the Arts class, University of Cincinnati


“Where Ethnography Meets History: Multiple Approaches to Interpreting the Margaret Garner (‘Beloved’) Story,” Borderlands Conference; History Day at NKU; Cincinnati Public Library; American Ethnological Society Conference, Providence, RI 

Family/ Local History/ Underground Railroad: 


“Serving the Community Through UGRR Research,” to launch a year-long service learning initiative at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY 

“How Do I Start My Family History Research?” Maysville Community & Technical College, Kentucky, Apr 2005; River Road African American Museum, Donaldsonville, LA, Juneteenth Celebration

“Inspirations for Spring 2005," Keynote for Advocates for Youth Education Scholarships Awards Luncheon

“Applications of Cultural Anthropology in Historical Contexts, for Anthropology Careers Day,” Northern Kentucky University

“Shhh! We Don’t Talk About That: Family Secrets in Genealogy,” Baton Rouge, LA


“Students, the Community and Underground Railroad Research,” University of Toledo; and training for the docents at the Freedom Center, Cincinnati 

“Involving Students and the Community in Local Underground Railroad Research,” SUNY Potsdam; Anthropologists and Sociologists of Kentucky

“Researching the UGRR in the Ohio-Kentucky Borderlands: Historical & Anthropological Approaches,” The Underground Railroad Movement & Context, Albany, NY

“Integrating UGRR History and Culture in the College Curriculum,” UGRR Family Reunion, Phila., PA

“Rebels, Runaways and Researchers: Routes to Freedom in Central New York,” on the sculpted “faces” discovered in a church basement’s possible UGRR site in Syracuse, NY at Colgate University

Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Competence


“Cultural Competency for Today’s Nurses”  Various classes for students in the College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island; Rhode Island Nurse Residency Program with Judy Kaye, JD

Workshop Series: LGBT Faculty Fellows Program, with Annemarie Vaccaro, Ph.D., University of Rhode Island

Faculty Recruitment & Retention


“Emerging and Intersecting Empowerment Strategies Among Faculty of Color at the University of Rhode Island,” Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium, University of Minnesota

Yemen & The Middle East:


“Race, Gender & Mobility: Transition or Intransigence in the Social Hierarchy of Yemen?” session title: Hierarchies of Difference: Historical Perspectives on Local, National, and Transnational Identity Formation and Inequalities in the Middle East, American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC 

Discussant: “Migrations of Race: Relocations and Identities in the Middle East,” Panel at the American Ethnological Society Conference, Providence, RI


“Invisible Survivors: Women Transforming Health Care and Social Relations in Yemen,” Syracuse, NY. 

“Invisible Survivors: Women, Diversity and Transition in Yemen,” Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Providence, RI

“Female Primary Health Care Workers in Yemen: A Solution to Racial/Ethnic Inequality?” Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality, the Hubert Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota

“Yemeni Women in Community Development: A Comparative Perspective on Primary Health Care Workers in the Tihamah,” American Institute for Yemeni Studies

“Women and Social Transformations: The Interrelation of Social Status, Race and Gender,” Conference: Racial & Ethnic Economic Inequality, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Strategies for Teaching about Race and Gender,” Association for Feminist Anthropology and Association of Black Anthropologists Association

“Constructing Women’s Identities in Yemen: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Community Development,” Health Promoters Women’s Group, Baltimore; Feminist Challenges to the Curriculum class; and Research on Women Study Group, Towson State University

“International/Local Community Perspectives on Women and Development,” The World on Wednesday Series at the University of the Pacific

“Common Grounds: Multicultural and Multiracial Perspectives on Women’s Work & Survival,” Dartmouth College

“Cultural Development Patterns in Yemen: The Interrelation of Social Status, Race and Gender,” School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS) & (AIYS), in memory of Leigh Douglas, London

“Fieldwork in Yemen: Preparation and Process,” NYU

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