slavery http://wamc.org en Ideas Matter - MASS Humanities - Reading Frederick Douglass http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-mass-humanities-reading-frederick-douglass <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on The Roundtable entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.</p><p>Today we’ll speak with MASS Humanites about their Reading Frederick Douglass project.</p><p>We welcome Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs, Mass Humanities and David Harris, Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houseton Institute for Race and Equality at Harvard Law School.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90595 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter - MASS Humanities - Reading Frederick Douglass Sex Trafficking Victims Call For Tougher Penalties http://wamc.org/post/sex-trafficking-victims-call-tougher-penalties <p>Trafficking victims have told their stories to New York lawmakers Tuesday at the Capitol to encourage them to pass legislation strengthening criminal penalties for forcing someone into sexual servitude.</p><p>One 18-year-old New York City woman told how she was kidnapped at age nine, sold into sexual slavery and forced to sleep in a locked closet. She says the bill would crack down on trafficking while making it easier for victims to get help.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 00:16:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 90355 at http://wamc.org Sex Trafficking Victims Call For Tougher Penalties The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference http://wamc.org/post/underground-railroad-history-project-capital-regions-conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 11 – 13),<a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/"> The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region</a> will present their 13th Public History Conference. This year’s conference is entitled <a href="http://www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/page_id476/"><em>Slavery and the Underground Railroad: the Larger Context, the Lingering Legacy</em></a> and is co-sponsored by <a href="http://www.sage.edu/rsc/">Russell Sage College</a>, The Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College, and the <a href="http://www.rchsonline.org/">Rensselaer County Historical Society</a>.</p><p>Here now to tell us all about it are Brea Barthel, a co-coordinator of the Conference, and Professor at SUNY Albany and RPI and Paul Stewart, Scholar in Residence at Russell Sage College and co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87681 at http://wamc.org The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference Sex Trafficking: NY Couple Arrested in Utah http://wamc.org/post/sex-trafficking-ny-couple-arrested-utah <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:57:56 +0000 Dave Lucas 87239 at http://wamc.org Sex Trafficking: NY Couple Arrested in Utah "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd http://wamc.org/post/invention-wings-novel-sue-monk-kidd <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>The Invention of Wings</em>, Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.</p><p>Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85487 at http://wamc.org "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-anne-northup-slavery-and-birth-american-cuisine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning in our </span><a href="http://wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ideas Matter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we spotlight New York Humanities and discuss Anne </span>Northup<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine.</span></p><p><em>12 Years a Slave</em>, which just won the Oscar for Best Picture, tells the story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped from upstate New York and sold into slavery. Told from his point of view, the movie doesn't tell what happened to his family while he was gone. This week we'll learn about his wife Anne, who worked as a cook at the Morris-Jumel House in New York City.</p><p>Our guests are: Carol Ward, Executive Director of <a href="http://www.morrisjumel.org/">Morris-Jumel House</a> and Emilie Gruchow, Archivist at Morris-Jumel House.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85329 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder http://wamc.org/post/ebony-ivy-craig-steven-wilder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country.</p><p>But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596916818/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1596916818&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1596916818" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 74924 at http://wamc.org Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder Rob Edelman: Truth In Advertising http://wamc.org/post/rob-edelman-truth-advertising <p>Reviewer Rob Edelman takes a look at the history of slavery in cinema upon the release of <em>12 Years A Slave</em>...</p><p>For sure, <em>12 Years A Slave</em> is one of the best films not just of the season but of the year. However, there is one point about the subject matter explored in the film that deserves to be challenged. At the start of the Toronto Film Festival press conference for <em>12 Years A Slave</em>, the film’s director, Steve McQueen, casually observed that the subject of slavery “hasn’t been given a platform in cinema.” Well, this simply is not so.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Rob Edelman 76456 at http://wamc.org Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave http://wamc.org/post/solomon-northup-complete-story-author-twelve-years-slave <p></p><p></p><p>Solomon Northup was a free man who was lured from his home in Saratoga and kidnapped into slavery in 1841. His life is the subject of the upcoming film, <em>12 Years A Slave</em> which opens at <a href="http://www.spectrum8.com">The Spectrum Theatre</a> in Albany this Friday.</p><p>The new biography, <em>Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave</em> provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery.</p><p>The biography was written by Clifford Brown, a political science professor at <a href="http://www.union.edu">Union College</a> in Schenectady, Rachel Seligman, former head of Union’s gallery (she now works at <a href="http://tang.skidmore.edu">the Tang</a> at Skidmore College); and David Friske, former librarian for the state.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76479 at http://wamc.org Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave Albany Conference On Human Trafficking http://wamc.org/post/albany-conference-human-trafficking <p></p><p>According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. More than 70 percent are female and half are children.&nbsp; Albany played host to a conference on human trafficking Wednesday.</p><p>The event at the University at Albany&rsquo;s downtown Milne Hall was co-hosted by the college&#39;s School of Social Welfare and the State Office of Children and Family Services. Its purpose:&nbsp;to raise awareness about human trafficking and increase knowledge among students and community members.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:33:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 74843 at http://wamc.org Albany Conference On Human Trafficking