The Center for Diversity Innovation and the Distinguished Visiting Scholars program regularly engage in presentations, panels and discussions at UB, within SUNY, and our local communities. Whenever recordings are available, they will be posted here.
On Thursday, Feb. 11, Dr. Vanessa Holden presented "Digital Footprints: The Freedom on the Move Project" to the UB community in an event sponsored by the UB Digital Scholarship Studio and Network (DSSN) and co-sponsored by the departments of Africana and American Studies, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, and the UB Center for Diversity Innovation.
Freedom on the Move (FOTM) is an open access crowdsourced database project aimed at transcribing and coding thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers and jailors for fugitives from American slavery. Often called runaway ads, these important primary sources are a rich record of enslaved people’s resistance and American slavery’s cruelty.
Based at the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER), FOTM’s lead faculty include Ed Baptist (Cornell), Vanessa M. Holden (UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Center for Diversity Innovation), Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Ohio State), Molly Mitchel (UNOLA), and Josh Rothman (Alabama). Dr. Holden will speak about these fraught sources and the ethical implications of cataloguing them.
On Friday, September 25th, the UB community welcomed the inaugural cohort of UB CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholars.