The History Department and the Graduate Program in History would like to congratulate Paul Lovejoy and the Tubman Institute most warmly for their highly successful 2011 Summer Institute, "Slavery, Memory, Citizenship," which took place at York last week.
With over a dozen keynote addresses by major scholars, presentations by students, and workshops for students and teachers, the Institute attracted a large and diverse crowd of students, scholars, museum curators, and teachers from the GTA and around the world. Our own faculty members Michele Johnson and José Curto, our part-time colleague Karolyn Smardz Frost, and our graduate students Jeff Gunn, Nadine Hunt, and Neil Marshall all gave impressive presentations. The large group of student workers did an excellent job to ensure that everything ran smoothly, from registration, to simultaneous translations, to managing technology, to leading tour groups. As some of you will have seen from the media reports, former Governor-General and current UNESCO Special Envoy to Haiti the Rt. Hon. Michaelle Jean gave a stirring lecture to launch the official UNESCO supported "Itineraries of African Canadian Memory" project last Tuesday evening, in the process making it clear to the large audience what a huge impact, locally, nationally and internationally, the Tubman Institute is making with this and its other research projects. Please join us in applauding the team at the Tubman Institute for their innovative and very exciting Summer Institute.