Keynote Speaker, “Hidden Women, Public Lives” at the “Recovering Black
Women’s Voices and Lives” Symposium. University of Alabama. Nov, 2009.
“The Inconceivable Harriet E. Wilson.” Boston Federal Reserve Bank. In
conjunction with “Black Entrepreneurs of the 18th and 19th Century”
exhibit, September, 2009. Wilson bottles on loan from Foreman
“On Burials and Exhumations: Hidden Women and Public History.” Museum of
African American History, Boston. September, 2009.
“Optic History or
Reading/Photographs in the Case of
Emma Dunham Kelley-Hawkins, Victoria Earle Mathews and The Woman’s
Era, Duke University Symposium, Pictures and Progress: Photography and the Making of African
American Identity, March 2007.
“The State of the Field” a
symposium on Africana Studies. With Kevin Gaines Noliwe Rooks, Ken
Bowdoin College, February 2007.
Aggression, and Religious Defense in the Life and Writings of Amelia E.
Claremont Graduate University, January, 2006.
Bartow Lecturer at Saginaw Valley State
University. “Slavery’s Shadows:
Recovering The Lives and Legacies of Early Black Women Writers”;
co-facilitator, workshop for local teachers, “Black Texts: Remembrance
and Primary Sources.” 2005.
“Beyond Mortal Vision: Unveiling the Life and Legacy of Harriet E.
Harvard University. March, 2005.
“More to the Story: Harriet Wilson and her Life after Our Nig,” Milford
Church, Milford New Hampshire. March, 2005.
“Reading, Recovery and Harriet E. Wilson: Collaborative Research and the
Nineteenth Century.” Princeton University. February, 2005.
“Slavery’s Shadows: Responding to Racism in the Antebellum North,”
Drexel University, February, 2005. Also gave talks on Wilson at the
Philadelphia Free Library and Eso Wan Bookstore, Los Angeles.
“‘Anti-Slavery Friends at Home’: Naming Power in the Nineteenth
Century,” University of Maryland, Feb. 2003. Revised and redelivered,
Amherst College, Oct. 2003; Duke University, March, 2004.
"Legal Racing: The Simutexts of Harriet Wilson's ‘Our Nig,’” USC, June 2003.
“Adamic Appropriations: Race, Power and Humanity in 19th Century
Narratives,” Invited Speaker, Women Writers Workshop Series, Penn State,
“Activism and the Academy, Sanity and Social Change,” day-long
workshop/dissertation proposal feedback session for graduate student
fellows. USC, July, 2002; revised and repeated USC June 2003; Penn
State, Oct. 2002.
“Anti-Passing Narratives of Slavery and Freedom,” “Reframing Identity:
Race, Regionalism and the Personal” American Studies Lecture Series,
Bar-Ilan University, Israel, March 2001.
“Enhancing Learning, Building Communities with Technology,” invited
“Communities 2000: Expanding Boundaries of Knowledge, March 2000.
back to run half-day workshop. Co-presented with student technology
“Juvenile Justice and Proposition 21 in Context” Loyola Marymount
College, February 2000. Also guest lectured and presented on Prop. 21
and the Prison Industrial Complex at Pitzer College and community
centers in Los Angeles.
“Pictures of a Nubian Jewess Told in Snap Shots or Black and Jewish
Relations in a
Multicultural Millennium” Featured speaker, Samual Rosenthal Institute
for Judaic Studies, Case Western Reserve, Nov. 1998. Revised and
Redelivered at the Barnard College Forum on Migration, Sept. 1999 and at
Oberlin College, Nov. 1999.
“The Measure of Your Merit,” Featured speaker, Student and Parent
Occidental College, 1997.
"'Sentimental Abolition,' Erotic Conversion, and Legal Positionality."
Featured Speaker for faculty/graduate student colloquium at the College
of William and Mary, American Culture Series, 1995.
"'Invented Phraseology': Histotextuality and the Colored Contours of
Women's Writing." One of three keynote speakers at "Race and the
of Culture, Culture and the Production of Race," Wesleyan University,
"Douglass and the Law: Sentimental Witnessing and Shifting
Invited to present paper at the faculty/graduate student colloquium,
for African American Studies, University of Chicago, 1993.