January 20, 2020

Forum on Racial Understanding Hosted by the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust at the Museum Feb. 8 During Black History Month

Event Marks the Second Annual Lonaé A. Moore Memorial Forum

Dennis Farm
Dennis Farm
How do journalism, literature, the arts, and mass media shape and perpetuate our perceptions of race? A panel of experts will explore this topic on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Museum of the American Revolution during Black History Month. The forum, It Begins with Each of Us: Fostering Racial Understanding, is co-hosted by the Museum and the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust (DFCLT).

The forum will bring together experts from across disciplines for a candid conversation about ideas of race as they are expressed through popular culture and news media, as well as ways to foster racial understanding as we become a more diverse, global community. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience, and an opportunity to view the Museum's exhibits with an educator. Admission to the forum is free, but RSVP is required by Friday, January 31, by emailing DFCLTFORUM@GMAIL.COM.

“Both the Museum and the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust are committed to telling a fuller and more inclusive history of our nation’s beginnings and to keeping the best of American ideals alive, as an inspiration for the present and future,” said DFCLT Founding President Denise Dennis. “We look forward to a thought-provoking, memorable discussion with this extraordinary panel of experts.”

The forum is named in honor of Lonaé A. Moore (1997-2018), an eighth-generation direct descendant of the Dennis Family and Delaware State University student, who lost her life in a car accident in 2018. In conjunction, students who attend the forum can participate in an essay contest about what they learned. Contest guidelines are here.

Panelists include:
Nilgun Anadolu-Okur, Ph.D., Presidential Professor of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University
Lee A. Daniels, journalist, author, and adjunct lecturer at City University of New York (CUNY)
Charles A. Gallagher, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at La Salle University and Yale University Fellow 
Monique R. Scott, Ph.D.,  Director of Museum Studies at Bryn Mawr College
Reverend Mother Jo Ann B. Jones, Associate Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA, moderator

Nilgun Anadolu-Okur, Ph.D., a native of Turkey, currently serves as Presidential Professor of Africology and African American Studies (DAAAS) and Director of the DAAAS undergraduate program at Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts in Philadelphia. She holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in African American Studies, Africology, American Studies, narrative and discourse analysis, as well as comparative theater and interdisciplinary communication. Anadolu-Okur is the chairperson of Faculty Senate Status of Women committee. She serves as an affiliated faculty at Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at Temple University. She is the recipient of two International Fulbright Senior Scholar awards.

Lee A. Daniels has worked as a reporter at WGBH-TV in Boston, as a reporter and editorial writer at The Washington Post, as a reporter at the New York Times, as a vice-president of publications at the National Urban League, and as the founding editor of a webzine at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. From 2013 to 2016, he was a syndicated columnist with the National Newspaper Publishers Association and with emergenewsonline.com. Daniels has worked with Rachel Robinson on her book Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait (1996); and with Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. on his collection of speeches, Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out (2008). He has written one book of nonfiction, Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America (2008). He is a graduate of the Boston Latin School and Harvard College.

Charles A. Gallagher, Ph.D., has served as Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at La Salle University since 2008. Since, 2014, he also has served as Senior Fellow, Yale Urban Ethnography Project, in Yale University’s Department of Sociology. His areas of research and teaching include race and ethnic relations, urban sociology, immigration, and stratification and social inequality. Gallagher has written and edited numerous book and volumes, book chapters, articles, and book reviews. His current book project is entitled The Institutionalization of Colorblindness and The Rise of Racial Inequality. He has appeared on major media outlets including, NPR, CNN, FOX News and MSNBC. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University.

Monique R. Scott, Ph.D., currently serves as Director of Museum Studies at Bryn Mawr College.  She is an anthropologist with a career as both a scholar of museums and as a museum professional working within museums. After receiving her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University in 2004, Scott worked for more than 10 years as head of cultural education at the American Museum of Natural History. She specializes in how diverse museum visitors make meaning of race and culture in museums, particularly representations of Africa and people of African descent, the basis for her 2007 book, Rethinking Evolution in the Museum: Envisioning African Origins.

Reverend Mother Jo Ann B. Jones is Associate Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA, where she is responsible for adolescent and youth formation and outreach. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, her professional positions included Office of Area (later Regional) Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Philadelphia; an associate at Pohoryles and Greenstein in Washington, D.C; Philadelphia Law Department; General Counsel to the Philadelphia Housing and District of Columbia Housing Authority; and Assistant General Counsel for Drexel University. In 2007, she joined the Nutter for Mayor and later the Nutter Administration as Deputy Director, Office of Housing and Community Development. Retiring from the City of Philadelphia in 2014, Jones became a postulant in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and graduated from The General Theological Seminary in 2017.

About the Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust
The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, was created to preserve a rare–and beautiful–historic and cultural resource in the Endless Mountains of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The 153-acre farm was founded by the Dennis family’s ancestors, free African Americans who came to Pennsylvania from Connecticut in 1793 and purchased land and has remained in the stewardship of the same family since then. The purpose of The Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust is to continue to develop the Dennis Farm into an educational and cultural site for scholars, researchers, educators, cultural heritage tourists, school groups and others interested in. this extraordinary history.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.