Keynote Speakers & Presenters

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Keynote Speakers

Friday September 28, 2007, 12 Noon
Opening Keynote Address

Juan Williams, Keynote Speaker
Award-winning Journalist

Friday September 28, 2007, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Darryl Van Leer
Award Winning Actor/Performer

My Life in Bondage
In this presentation, Van Leer delivers a heart-warming, heart wrenching performance of the true story of Frederick Douglass.

Friday September 28, 2007, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m.

Thomas Fitzgerald Warfield
Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Saturday September 29th, 9:15 – 10:15 AM

Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
Professor Emerita of History at American University
Curator Emerita at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History


Tony Burroughs
Professional Genealogist


Linda Cousins-Newton
Founder, Nana Tubman Honor in Ghana Project
Director, Ancestral Promotions

The Underground Railroad - An International Embrace

Anthony M. Cohen
Historian, Director,The Menare Foundation, Inc.

Patrick & Me: A Family Saga of The Underground Railroad


Claudine Dixon
Library Media Specialist, Greece Central School District

Co-presenter: James Schroeder
Social Studies Teacher, Greece Central School District

21st Century Classroom meets 19th Century History

Walter Gable, M Ed, M.S.
Seneca County Historian

The Underground Railroad, Abolitionism and Women's Rights Activism in Seneca County

Katherine Gagne, M Ed
Teacher, Penn Yan Central Schools

Recollections with Jean Rankin:  My Work on the Underground Railroad

Genesee Community Charter School 2006-2007 5th Grade Class

Working for Freedom


Nancy A. Hewitt, PhD
Professor, Rutgers University

Co-presenter: Christopher Densmore
Curator, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College

Crossing Borders for Freedom: Free Blacks, Quakers, and the Underground Railroad  


Rickerby Hinds, MFA, Playwright
University of California, Riverside

Frederick Douglass, Hip Hop Head

Dean V. June
Teacher, Attica Central School

Then What Happened?

Lea Kemp, Kirstin Sheradin and Erin Roth

Building an Underground Railroad Exhibit

Pepsy M. Kettavong

“Let's Have Tea:” How a sculpture of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony expresses the values of a neighborhood, a city, and our democratic society

Kate Clifford Larson, PhD
Professor, Simmons College

Harriet Tubman's Personal Network to Freedom: The Importance of Family and Community along the UGRR


Karen E. Livsey

Chautauqua County: A Slave Capture, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Eber Pettit and More

Harry Bradshaw Matthews, M Ed
Associate Dean and Director, U.S. Pluralism Programs
Hartwick College

Role of the USCT in the Resistance and Liberation of Enslaved Americans  

Timothy McDonnell, M Ed
Board Member/Newsletter Editor, New York Geographic Alliance

The Geography of the Underground Railroad in New York State

John R. McKivigan, PhD
Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Frederick Douglass: Underground Railroad Passenger, Conductor, Advocate, and Passenger

Owen W. Muelder
Director, Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College

The influence of upstate New York abolitionists on the western Illinois Underground Railroad and the 5th Lincoln-Douglas debate  

Donald Earl Papson, M Ed
President, North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association

Waterways to Freedom


Marie Kent Parsons
Researcher, Writer & Editor, Creative Non-Fiction Writer

Co-presenters: Performers for Readers Theater Production

Voices of Light: The Words and Works of Farmington Friends

Monique Patenaude Ph. D. Candidate
Graduate Student/A.B.D. University of Rochester

Forging Steel: NYS Historical Markers and the UGRR


Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck

Uncle Tom's Cabin as Parable: Harriet Beecher Stowe's


Rosemary Sadlier
President, Ontario Black History Society

A North Side View of Slavery

Virginia Sullivan
New Routes Coordinator, Adventure Cycling Association

Co-presenter: Dr. Stephen Thomas
Director, Center for Minority Health, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route - Exploring History by Bicycle

Judith Wellman, PhD
Director, Historical New York Research Associates

Sites of Conscience: From the Underground Railroad to Women's Rights in Upstate New York

Delores M. Walters, PhD
Educational Program Consultant

Learning from the Legacy of Women's Resistance to Slavery: Why Northern Slavery Cannot be Ignored


Schedule subject to change.


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