Past Speaking Engagements


Selected University Talks

2016 – “Moving Mountains & Liberating Dialogues: My Life as a Black Feminist Archaeologist,” Anthropology Speaker Series, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

2013 –  “The House of the Black Burghardts: Commemoration, Contestation and Collective Memory at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, MA,” Anthropology Colloquium Series, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

2012 – “The Materiality of Race: Recent Trends in African Diaspora Archaeology,” Topics of the Times Annual Series, Center for American and World Cultures, Miami University of Ohio-Oxford, Oxford, OH.

2012 -“Woman’s Place is in the Home: Race, Gender and Class at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite,” Department of Anthropology Speakers Series, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL.

2012 – “A Woman’s Place is In the Home: The Archaeology of Race and Gender at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, MA,” College of William & Mary Department of Anthropology Lecture Series, Williamsburg, VA, 2012.

2006 -“Critical Conversations: Oral History, Descendant Communities and African Diaspora Archaeology,” Brown Bag Lecture Series, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, NY.

2005 -“Sweepin’ Spirits: The Archaeology of Enslaved Domestic Spaces,” The Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Speaker Series, Hunter College, NY.

2003 -“Gender, Space, and Enslaved Households: Archaeology at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage,” Guest lecture for AFAS 310: Psychological Impact of Enslavement and Colonization, Department of Africana Studies, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.

Selected Video Presentations & Community Lectures

2015 – Keynote Address, 31st Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast, Amherst, MA.

2015 – Keynote Address, Greater Springfield NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Dinner, Agawam, MA.

2013 -“In Search of Lena and Lucy: Intersectional Narratives of Race, Gender and Class in New England,” Speaker, CNHEA, Philips Academy, Andover, MA.

Searching for Lena and Lucy

2013 -“Commemoration, Contestation and Collective Memory at the W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, MA,” Amherst Women’s Club Speakers Series, Amherst, MA.

2013-Keynote Address, “’The Truth Burns Error’: The Truth About Race in the Happy Valley,” Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue 11th Annual Celebration, Florence, MA.

2013 -Keynote Address, “The Importance of the Emancipation Proclamation In Our Lives Today,” Race and Politics: I Have a Dream…50 Years Later, Governor Deval Patrick’s Black History Month Celebration, Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, Springfield, MA.


2012 -Invited Speaker, Telling the Whole Story: Women & the Making of the US, National Park Service and the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites; Presentation to former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, Washington, DC.

2012 –Black Feminist Archaeology and the Story of Lucy Foster”, The Amherst Club Annual Speakers Series, Amherst, MA.

2012 -“Black Folk, Then and Now: Why the Past Matters in Our Everyday Lives,” Lift Every Voice: A Black History Month Lecture Series, Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ, Springfield, MA.

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