Prof. Charmaine Nelson
Student Activity

2021 Mark Roskill Symposium in Art History - “I’ve Seen Trouble: Art Out of Dark Times”

Event Details

Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Integrative Learning Center

650 N Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01003


This event is on UMASS campus

This event is handicap accessible

Each year, ascending second-year M.A. students in the art history department at UMass organize the Mark Roskill Symposium, focused on an element of art historical research with broader topical appeal. Emerging from the many trials faced during the pandemic, this year's cohort felt galvanized to consider art that comes out of troubled times. Of course such times are many, but one of the most somber periods in North American history is the era in which both the US and Canada enslaved human beings. 

Professor Charmaine A. Nelson, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, will give the keynote lecture, which is entitled, “He is remarkable for…wearing a Handkerchief tied round his Head”: Resistance as Escape and Cultural Retention in the Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive. Furthermore, we are pleased to welcome Professor Dwight Carey from Amherst College, Professor Professor Anne E. Kerth from UMass, and Professor Daphne Lamothe from Smith College as the panelists. Dean Barbara Krauthamer will be giving the introduction.

Please join us!

  • Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
  • Time: 2:30-5:30pm, reception to follow
  • Location: ILC S240