Barbara J. Fields

Hartwick NEH Lecture Series Continues with Barbara J. Fields

March 5, 2014

On Friday, March 14, Hartwick College will continue its lecture series titled "Henceforth and Forever Free: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of Emancipation in the United States."

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus. Hors d'oeuvres will be served during the event, which is free and open to the general public.

Barbara J. Fields is a Professor of History at Columbia University. Her lecture is titled: "Was Emancipation a War Crime?" and will be the third in this series of year-long lectures on the subject of emancipation.

Fields is a 1992 MacArthur Fellow, former member of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, co-editor of the Lincoln Prize-winning multi-volume series, Free at Last: A Documentary History of Emancipation (1992), a contributor to the influential collection Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War (1992), and served as both a consultant and commentator in Ken Burns's Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Civil War, which aired on PBS in 1990.  She is the author of several major books and articles, including Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland During the Nineteenth Century (1985), winner of the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association, "Slavery, Race, and Ideology in the United States of America," and most recently, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life (2012). 

The final speaker in this series will be James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Funding for the series comes courtesy of Hartwick College and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

The NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor of History at Hartwick College Dr. Sean Kelley at 607-431-4584 or

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