Our first Speaker Spotlight for Crossroads Symposium is on Barbara Krauthamer!

We are excited to have Dr. Krauthamer as one of our speakers at Crossroads Symposium in September. Over the last ten years, Dr. Krauthamer has been doing ground-breaking research in Native American and African American history.

She is the author of the 2013 book Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South, the first full-length examination of enslaved people in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations. Additionally, she is co-author, with Dr. Deborah Willis, of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. This book received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in non-fiction. She co-edited the African American textbook, Major Problems in African American History (2016) with Dr. Chad Williams. Her work has been profiled in the New York Times, the CBS Evening News, CNN, the BBC and many other media outlets. Dr. Krauthamer is currently doing a study on runaway slave women that examines them as political and intellectual actors and seeks to realize what freedom looked like to them.

Not only an avid researcher and writer, Barbara Krauthamer is also an educator. She currently serves as the Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also professor of history.  In 2017 she received the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award from the Association of Black Women Historians in recognition of her scholarship and work to create opportunities for Black women in higher education. In her role as dean, she has established campus-wide fellowship and mentoring programs to support the recruitment and retention of graduate students from underrepresented groups. As a member of the Provost’s leadership team, she also oversees an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program and the online adult degree completion program.

We look forward to seeing Barbara Krauthamer here at the Masonic Hall in September and hearing her talk about chapters from her book!