Thursday April 263:00-7:00pm Registration
3:00-5:00pm Faculty Workshop- "Curating Digital Projects"
Facilitator- Dr. Sylviane Diouf
5:00-7:00pm Reception- Oscar Ritchie Hall- Foyer
Friday April 278:00am-12:00pm Registration- Oscar Ritchie Hall- 2nd Floor Lobby
9:00-9:30am Welcome- Rm. 250
Dr. Babacar M'Baye & Professor Mwatabu Okantah
Session I- ORH 250
Slavery and Colonialization Across the Atlantic World
Chair: Mahli Xuan Mechenbier, Kent State University
- Michael Modarelli, Walsh University, "Frederick Douglass and the Anglo-Saxon Argument."
- Dr. Chris Williams, Kent State University, "Sierra Leone Krios/Americo-Liberians."
- Alex Lovit, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, "The American Colonization Society and the Construction of African American Identity."
- Maximo G. Martinez, West Virginia University, "Public Policy and Africana Studies."
Commentator: Denise A. Harrison, Kent State University
Session II- ORH 214
Black Studies in Transnational Context
Chair: Timothy Scarnecchia, Kent State University
- Bincy Abdul Samad, Kent State University, "Hegemony and Alienation in Native Son" A Postcolonial Reading."
- Babacar Faya, Bowling Green University, "Political and Economic Agency in Postcolonial Theory."
- Arnissa Hopkins, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, "Redefining African American Identity."
- Leroy Davis, Emory University, "'Under the Shadow of Good Health': Mariamne Samad, George Allman and the Saga of a Black Transnational Family in the African Diaspora: The Harlem Years."
Commentator: Idris Kabir Syed, Kent State University
Session III- ORH 214
Critical Feminism and Undiminished Differences: Gender, Race, Class, Sexualities...
Chair: Pam Lieske, Kent State University
- Walter Gershon, Kent State University, "Embodying Blackness: Reconceptualizing African American Girls' Ways of Being in Urban Classrooms and their Implications for STEM Education."
- Suzanne Holt, Kent State University, "Gender Essentialism and its Shadows."
- Nicole Rousseau, Kent State University, "Historical Womanist Theory."
Commentator: Christopher Williams, Kent State University
Session IV- ORH 215
Culture and Politics in the African Diaspora
Chair: Brian Huot, Kent State University
- Bobby Hopkins, Warrensville Heights School System, "Music and African American Culture."
- Kevin McMullen, Kent State University, "Roles of the Trickster Character in African American Folktales."
- Jamila Okantah, Kent State University, "Rasta Movement and Colonization of Jamaica."
- Dominique Zordich, Kent State University, The Contributions of Eric Williams."
Commentator: Wendy Wilson-Fall, Kent State University
Dr. Timothy Moerland, Dean- College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall, Chair- Department of Pan-African Studies
Dr. Sylviane Diouf
Digital Curator, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
"Deconstructing and Reconstructing Africans' Identities During Slavery"
Session V- ORH 214
Blackness in Literature and Practice
Chair: Pamela Takayoshi, Kent State University
- Dan Mills, Clayton State University, "Alpha Behn and John Locke on Slavery, Inherited Rule and Regicide."
- Joshua M. Murray, Kent State University, "'The Wonder of the World': Claude Mc Kay's Denationalization of the Harlem Renaissance in Home to Harlem."
- Melissa R. Pompili, Eastern Michigan University, "A Literary Cosmogram: The Influence of Western Narrative Tradition and African Oral Tradition in Michelle Cliff's Free Enterprise."
- Daryl M. Peavy, Independent Researcher, "Artworks of Great Benin: The Pedagogy of Theft in Africana Studies."
- Lasana Kazembe, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Spiritwork and Conjurefolk: Unpacking Nommo, Griot, and the Role of the Black Arts Movement in the Development of Africana Studies."
Commentator: M.L. Nambuo Temu, Kent State University
Session VI- ORH 250
Revisiting President Barack Obama in Historical, Political and Literary Context
Chair: D.M. Hassler, Kent State University
- Zachary R. Williams, Akron University, "What the African American Wants: African American Policy Matters and the Obama Administration."
- Willie J. Harrell, Jr., Kent State University, "We Face an Immediate Economic Emergency that Requires Urgent Action."
- Mwatabu Okantah, Kent State University, "Notes of Another Native Son."
- Babacar M'baye, Kent State University, "Africa and Black Identity in Barack Obama's Dreams of My Father."
- Bridgett A. King, Kent State University, "State Policy and Turnout."
Commentator: Walter Gershon, Kent State University
Session VII- ORH 250
Chair: Nicole Bissessar, Kent State University
- Christian Pinnen, University of Southern Mississippi, "Slavery, Freedom and Gender in Colonial Spanish Natchez, 1781-1799."
- Sharon Bell, Kent State University, "'The Woman Who Went to Man's Town': A Haitian Woman Folk Heroine."
- Suzanne Ondrus, Kent State University, "Writing as Survival in Sade Adeniran's Imagine This."
- Sandra M. Cox, Shawnee State University, "African American Studies in Appalachia: Teaching Literature about Slavery and its Antecedents along the Mason-Dixon Line."
Commentator: Alene Barnes, Kent State University
Session VIII- ORH 214
Charting African Identities: From Origins to Contemporary Time
Chair: Wendy Wilson-Fall, Kent State University
- George Garrison, Kent State University, "How Africans Traveled in Pre-Columbian America."
- Idris Syed, Kent State University, "Africanisms in Art: An Examination of Multi-Modal Art in the Historical and Modern Charlestown Maroon Community."
- Julio Pino, Kent State University, "Cultural Resistance, Slavery, and the City: Afro-Muslims of Salvador, Brazil."
- Wendy Wilson-Fall, Kent State University, "A New Pan-Africanism."
Commentator: George Garrison, Kent State University
Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall, Chair of Department of Pan-African Studies
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