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Dr. Milton Sernett to Speak at GeoFest 2013

August 21, 2013
Timothy McDonnell

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The New York Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that Dr. Milton Sernett will be our keynote speaker at GeoFest 2013 at the New York State Museum in Albany on Saturday October 19, 2013. He will be talking about his book about the anti-slavery movement in New York, North Star Country.

Here is some important biographical information about Dr. Sernett:

Dr. Milton C. Sernett (b. 1942) grew up in Hampton, Iowa. He attended Concordia College, St. Paul, 1961-62 before transferring to the Senior College at Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, (M.Div. 1968), and received the M. A. & Ph.D. in American History from the University of Delaware (1969; 1972. He joined the faculty of Syracuse University in 1975 after teaching church history for three years at Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois. Sernett is currently Professor Emeritus of African American Studies and History and Adjunct Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. His principal areas of teaching and research have been African American religious history, the American South, the abolitionist movement, the Underground Railroad, and American social reform movements. 

 Prof. Sernett was a Research Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, in 1988-89. In 1994-95 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, Free University, Berlin, Germany. He has been a member of the New York State Freedom Trail Commission and is on the Cabinet of Freedom of the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum, Peterboro, New York. Prof. Sernett joined the emeriti ranks of Syracuse University faculty on May 15, 2005. He continues to teach an online Underground Railroad course and a course on the history of American abolitionism during his retirement.
 
Sernett has published fifteen books and numerous scholarly essays. Among his books are the classic text African American Religious History: A Documentary Witness; North Star Country: Upstate New York and the Crusade for African American Freedom, and Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, & Freedom. Now retired, Dr. Sernett has published books on topics as diverse as a history of cheesemaking, the transition from horsepower to tractors on American farms, and a study of the origin of the Holstein breed of dairy cattle. His most recent book focuses on changes in American farming with the master farmer Jared Van Wagenen, Jr., as guide and mentor.
 
Sernett received the Distinguished Africanist Award from the New York African Studies Association in 2009. Sernett received the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota at the graduation ceremonies, May 13, 2011.
GeoFest 2013 is a conference to celebrate our 25 years of promoting geography in New York's schools and colleges. The conference is open to all educators, formal and informal, pre-teachers and students (middle school and above), as well as lovers of geography. You can now register for FREE online from the Upcoming Events Section of this website. The link is on the right side of the page. You must register before October 1st to get this very generous offer. Not only can you attend workshops about geography, tours of the museum, and the Keynote Address by Dr. Sernett, but you also get lunch and a continental breakfast.
Please join us in our state capital on October 19th. You won't get another opportunity like this until 2038!
The New York State Museum at the Empire Plaza in Albany.
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