As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Turman utilizes the breadth of the Humanities to engage the public and academia around the works of Black women. Dr. Turman also provides keynotes and lectures for conferences, universities, and community organizations. Select past speaking engagements are detailed below.

2022

February. “People of the Mighty: Liberation Historiography and Cartography in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain.” Bethune-Cookman University Zorra Neale Hurston Conference.

March. “People of the Mighty: Liberation Historiography and Cartography in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain” and “See The Light: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s Southern Sketches as Historical Narrative.” The Northeast Modern Language Association. Online.

2021

March. “Victory in a Land Called Fantasy: Pauline Hopkins’ Telesar as Ancient Future.” The Northeast Modern Language Association. Online.

2020

“More Than Shadows Uplifted: The Anti-Imperialist Poetics and Prose of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.” Accepted for the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Unable to present due to COVID-19.

October. “Of One Blood: Pauline Hopkins’ Radical Speculation at the Turn of the Century.” The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Conference, Originally: Coral Gables, FL. Online due to COVID-19.

2019

November. “Transgressing the Spirit: Liberation Historiography and Cartography in Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain” and “Embracing the New Science: Pauline Hopkins’ use of Ancestral Spiritual Technologies and Trauma Mitigation in Of One Blood.” Two panels at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

May. “Picking Up The Pieces: A Black Feminist Literary Genealogy of Afrofuturism.” Panelist at the American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA.

2018

November. “Revolutionary Imagining: Zines as a Space for Imagining Utopia” and “Pauline Hopkins: Proto Black Feminist Afrofuturist.” Two panels at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

November. “Me Too: A New Parable.” Workshop Facilitator. Mosaic Literary Conference. Bronx, NY.

November. “Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Proto Black Feminist Afrofuturist.” Panelist at Emergence, the NY Metropolitan American Studies Conference, NY, NY.

December. “Afrofuturism/o in Brazil.” Guest lecture in Dr. Sarah Ohmer’s Black Brazil course. Lehman College, Bronx, NY.