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Tuskegee to host annual History Research Symposium Feb. 13-14

February 07, 2020

Contact: Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

History Research Symposium 2020 flyer
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The Tuskegee University Department of History and Political Science will present its fourth annual History Research Symposium on Feb. 13-14. The theme for this year’s event is “Remembrance, Renaissance and Revolution: The Continued Struggle for Freedom.”

“We wish to promote, preserve and disseminate black history, culture and the liberal arts, and to re-center historically black universities like Tuskegee as grounds of rigorous historical inquiry, research and community engagement,” said Dr. Sheena Harris, an associate professor of history and the symposium’s organizer. “We hope to renew strong networks of aspiring students and scholars, and to promote professional training, historical competency and intellectual collaboration within the humanities.”

The two-day symposium is free and open to members of the campus and surrounding communities — especially area students, historians and scholars. It will feature a variety of presentations and panels — all occurring in the university’s George Washington Carver Museum — that undergird the symposium’s theme. Activities begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday and 8:30 a.m. on Friday, and will extend to banquets each evening, which are also free and open to the public.

A full at-a-glance symposium itinerary is available for download.

Thursday and Friday’s banquets will be held in the Tompkins Hall Ballroom and will feature a different keynote speaker. Seating is limited to the first 50 people to register for each event. To RSVP, visit

Thursday’s banquet, beginning at 4:30 p.m., will feature Dr. Howard Robinson II, an author, archivist and assistant professor of African-American history at Alabama State University. He will provide this year’s second annual Phi Alpha Theta Lecture entitled “The Civil Rights Movement in Focus.”

Friday’s luncheon — entitled “Between Washington and Du Bois: The Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard” — will take place from 11:25 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in the Carver Museum. The lecture features Dr. Reginald K. Ellis, an associate professor of history at Florida A&M University, who also serves as assistant dean of its School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Friday’s banquet will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature as its keynote speaker Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott, a historian who studies race, gender and finance. Her presentation is entitled “Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance before the New Deal.”
For additional information, contact Harris at

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