Lectures & WorkshopsMenare Lecture Series offers the following presentations to schools, community groups, corporations and universities nationwide. Presentations are one hour in length and can be adjusted to the needs of the particular audience/venue. Most are presented as multimedia presentations.
The Long Road to Freedom
Join historian Anthony Cohen as he recounts his journey retracing the route of the Underground Railroad from Maryland to Canada. Cohen describes his experiences traveling through five states by foot, boat and rail like thousands of fugitives before him including his harrowing six-hour journey inside a wooden crate, smuggled onto a train like Henry "Box" Brown, a fugitive who mailed himself to freedom in 1849. Click here for prices and availability.
The Road to "Beloved"
In 1997, historian Anthony Cohen helped train television icon Oprah Winfrey for her role as Sethe in the film Beloved. Blindfolded and dropped on a Maryland plantation, Oprah was transported back to the time of slavery, where for two days and nights she lived as a fugitive on a simulated Underground Railroad. Cohen recounts the vivid events and details how Oprah used her journey through bondage as the inspiration for her change-your-life TV show. Click here for prices and availability.
Historian Anthony Cohen, a fourth generation descendant of a runaway slave, recounts the gripping tale of his ancestor Patrick Sneed who fled from bondage in 1849. Drawing from his forbear's 1856 account, Cohen carefully reconstructs the amazing story of the Georgia slave who was captured under the Fugitive Slave Act and later went on to fight in the American Civil War. Cohen highlights the path he will trace to uncover Sneed's route by foot, boat and rail from Savannah, Georgia to Canada. This two-month expedition will be chronicled in a documentary film to be released in 2010. Click here for prices and availability.
Will You Run?
In this activity participants take on the personas of real life plantation slaves and discover, based upon group interaction and decision making, whether they would stay in bondage or escape to freedom. Designed to offer groups a historical backdrop to better understand 21st century challenges, this engaging and provocative exercise is a favorite of corporate and teacher diversity workshops. Click here for prices and availability.