Conference at Sage to Explore Slavery and the Underground Railroad

April 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

TROY, NY — The Sage Colleges will host "Slavery and the Underground Railroad: The Larger Context, the Lingering Legacy" April 11-13. The public history conference will investigate the relationship between the Underground Railroad and the institution of slavery in the United States, and how this history is relevant today.

Guest speakers include Steven Schwerner, brother of slain civil rights worker Michael Schwerner; Paul Murray, Ph.D., Siena College; Alan Singer, Ph.D., Hofstra University; and David Anderson, Ph.D., Nazareth College.   

In addition to the speakers, the conference will feature a workshop on Voting Rights at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 in 105 Gurley Hall on the Russell Sage campus. During the workshop, Congressman Paul Tonko will provide an update on the efforts in Congress to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision last year. Attorney and professor at Albany Law School Mark Mishler will discuss the details and impact of the Supreme Court decision.

There will be a screening of the documentary “Slavery by Another Name” Saturday at 7 p.m. followed by a reflective discussion of the film.

The conference offers different sessions at locations on the Russell Sage campus in Troy and at the neighboring Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 2nd Street. For a complete schedule and registration information, visit

The Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles; it engages in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society.

Media Contact: Deanna Cohen, director of external relations,  The Sage Colleges
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Interdisciplinary academics, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at The Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs at the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany in Albany, N.Y.; the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, N.Y.; and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses.