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Feb. 23: Remembering Africa in Western Maryland, 1750-1865

FREDERICK, Md.—Professor Emilie Amt will give a talk Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in recognition of Black History Month as part of Hood College’s colloquium series.

Amt, D.Phil., Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood, will present her lecture, titled “Remembering Africa in Western Maryland, 1750-1865,” in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons. She will discuss how enslaved Africans in Western Maryland before the Civil War kept alive memories of their ancestors and homeland through oral tradition, written narrative and cultural practice.

A medieval historian who teaches courses in ancient history, medieval history, early modern Europe and research methods, Amt enjoys working individually with students on independent study projects, Departmental Honors papers, and Summer Research Institute projects. She also teaches two courses in the humanities master’s degree program, and she coordinates the interdisciplinary minor in medieval studies.

Amt earned her bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College and her doctorate from Oxford University in England, where she could be immersed in a place with access to medieval archives and sites.

For more information about the talk, contact Aaron Angello at 301-696-3211 or or visit