“Rethinking Resistance: Ona Judge, The Washingtons’ runaway slave and the meaning of escape”

January 23, 2018 | Dana Center

Keynote by Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar followed by a moderated panel discussion with Dr. Jennifer Thorn, Dr. Beth Salerno, and Dr. Loretta Brady of Saint Anselm College.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar Ph.D. is a late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century scholar with a specialization in African American women’s history. Her research interests include urban slavery, emancipation studies, and the intersection of race and gender in American history. Dr. Dunbar currently serves as the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University and directs the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (2008), was the first book to chronicle the lives of African American women in the North during the early years of the Republic and the years leading to the Civil War. Her most recent book, Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (2017), was a 2017 National Book Award Finalist. Never Caught will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.

Jennifer Thorn, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of English and director of the Interdisciplinary minor in Gender Studies at Saint Anselm College. She works in the transatlantic eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a special focus on the history of childhood, class and race. She has published four articles on child slaves in early New England.

Beth Salerno, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of the History Department. Her research explores the rapidly changing United States in the early republic or antebellum period (between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War). She studies people who chose to make change in the world, who were able to organize others, and who wrote about the power, promise and perils of change. Her first book, Sister Societies: Women's Antislavery Organizations in Antebellum America, looked at how women from Maine to Pennsylvania and west out to Michigan formed organizations to abolish southern slavery.

Loretta L.C. Brady, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and director of the Psychology internship program. Her scholarship and community engagement focus on addressing risks and promoting resilience through inclusion, especially for marginalized communities. She is the president and founder of BDS Insight, a culture, crisis, and conflict management firm dedicated to improving the way organizations prepare for and respond to change.

Sponsored by the NH Institute of Politics Distinguished Speaker Series, Saint Anselm College Gender Studies Program, Department of History, Department of Psychology, Office for Diversity & Inclusion, Office of the President and the Multicultural Center and through generous support by New Hampshire Humanities.
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January 23, 2018 7:00 PM

Dana Center