Members-Only Coffee and Culture

Members-Only Coffee and Culture

Saturday, April 15
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Part of Barnet Scholar's Weekend
Free for members. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. by Saturday, April 8 to (207) 775-6148 or

"Slavery, Liberation, and Canonization: Harriet Tubman and Public Memory"

In 2016, the U.S. Treasury announced that abolitionist, activist, and humanitarian Harriet Tubman would be featured on new designs for the $20 bill. Tubman’s trajectory from slavery, to liberation, and eventually canonization has been central to and emblematic of a recent wave of American monuments devoted to slavery, resistance, and emancipation.

The PMA welcomes Renée Ater, Associate Professor of American Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, as our visiting scholar for Barnet Scholar's Weekend to discuss Tubman's remarkable path through the country's collective imagination, how her legacy has evolved, and the changes in the way America approaches its monuments has evolved. Prior to this lecture, members are invited to enjoy coffee and pastries.

Renée Ater is a historian of 19th- and 20th-century American art. Her research and teaching focuses on issues of race, gender, and national identity, as well as public culture, memory, and monument building.

This program is generously supported by the Will Barnet Foundation.