#DigBlk: Building Today’s Archives Through Oberlin’s Early Black Activist History

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Saturday, November 13, 2021
7:45 pm

Nancy Schrom Dye Lecture Hall

119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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P. Gabrielle Foreman and Shirley Moody-Turner, codirectors of the Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk at Penn State University Libraries will be the featured speakers at the Friends of the Libraries annual meeting.

After their presentation, the CBDR codirectors will be joined by Tracy Sutherland, Associate Director of Libraries, and Ken Grossi, College Archivist, for discussion and a question and answer period regarding potential collaborations between Oberlin College and the CBDR.

Attend in-person in the Nancy S. Dye Lecture Hall (Science Center) or virtually via Zoom.
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Open Zoom and join using the meeting ID: 845 2840 5874.

*NOTE: In-person event is dependent on COVID protocols effective in November and is subject to change at any time.

Speakers’ short bios

P. Gabrielle Foreman is the founding faculty director of the award-winning Colored Conventions Project and Professor of English, African American Studies and History at Penn State where she holds the Paterno Family Chair of Liberal Arts. With Shirley Moody-Turner, she is also founding co-director of the Center for Digital Black Research/#DigBlk, a cross-institutional team of 30 graduate student leaders, librarians, post-docs, visiting faculty, undergraduate researchers and arts and community partners. She is author of five books and editions which include most recently, *The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century,* and *Praise Songs for Dave the Potter: Art and Poetry for David Drake* (forthcoming, 2022). In 2022, she’ll be the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the American Antiquarian Society and has been invited to travel across the country as one of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars.   

Shirley Moody-Turner is an associate professor and award-winning teacher of English and African American Studies at Penn State University. She is a founding co-director, with Gabrielle Foreman, of the Center for Black Digital Research/#DigBlk where she works with a team of faculty, staff, librarians, post-doctoral fellows, student leaders, and community members to bring to digital life the lost, overlooked, and buried histories of nineteenth century Black organizing. She is faculty co-director of the Black Women’s Organizing Archive and founding director of the Cooper-Du Bois Mentoring Program. She is the author or editor of four books, including the recently released *African American Literature in Transition 1900-1910* and the forthcoming *Penguin Portable Anna Julia Cooper*. She is currently at work on an interpretive biography of Anna Julia Cooper for Yale University Press’s Black Lives Series.

This event is cosponsored by: the Departments of Africana Studies, English, and History; the Office of the President; the Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries; and the Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center.