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Virtual Lecture: How did Emancipation Really Affect the Enslaved African?

Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy, Professor of Music and Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of Southern California

Dr. McCurdy will address the dimension of emancipation and how it truly impacted the enslaved African. It will also explore the brief period and impact of reconstruction and the events that followed in the ensuing years.

Date: Tuesday, June 14
Time: 10:30 a.m. CDT
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Juneteenth: The Diaspora and the Meaning of Freedom Across the US-Mexico Borderlands

Maria Esther Hammack, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2021-23 McNeil Center Barra Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. María Esther Hammack received her PhD in US History with certified portfolios in African and African Diaspora Studies and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in May 21st, 2021. She is a Mexican scholar and public historian whose work centers and connects, through a gender lens, the histories of liberation and abolition in North America and the Black Diaspora in Mexico. She is currently revising her first monograph, Channels of Liberation: Black Freedom Across the US-Mexican Global South, a work that examines & recovers the transnational experiences of Black Americans, situated as freedom fighters, who left the United States to claim and secure liberation in Mexican spaces. Since 2019, she has served as an editorial assistant of the Journal of African American History and presently also serves as a representative of the AHA’s 2021-2024 Graduate and Early Career Committee. Maria is the 2021-2023 McNeil Center’s Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Time: 12:30 p.m. CDT
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ACCOMMODATIONS: Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez,, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.