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Symposium to take deeper look at life, work of Harriet Tubman

Sumayya Ali plays the title character in “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom,” to be performed Friday night at the University at Albany. Tubman, below, was born a slave around 1820 in Maryland and became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, helping more than 300 slaves to their freedom in the 1850s. (photo: Danielle Rivera for American Opera Projects)
Sumayya Ali plays the title character in “Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom,” to be performed Friday night at the University at Albany. Tubman, below, was born a slave around 1820 in Maryland and became a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, helping more than 300 slaves to their freedom in the 1850s. (photo: Danielle Rivera for American Opera Projects)
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In her mind’s eye, University at Albany professor Janell Hobson has a pretty good picture of Harriet Tubman, and it looks nothing at all like the slave heroine portrayed in the 2012 movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” But at least she’s in the movie. “It’s too bad that in the two Lincoln movies we have, she’s in the funny one, not the serious one,” said Hobson, referring to the absence of Tubman in Steven Spielberg’s ...


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