A beautiful struggle: transformative black studies in shifting political landscapes, a summit of doctoral programs

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Provisional Schedule:

Thursday, April 12
1:30 – 4:30 pm

2:00 – 2:15 pm
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Chair, Department of African American Studies

Dwight McBride, Dean, The Graduate School, Northwestern University

Sarah Mangelsdorf, Dean, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern


2:15 – 2:30 pm
The Black Studies Movement: A Historical Overview

Martha Biondi, Northwestern University

2:30 – 2:45 pm
Doctoral Black Studies at a Glance: Empirical Data on the 11 PhD Programs

Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University

3:00 – 4:15 pm
Opening Plenary (PANEL 1): Why African American Studies? Reflections on the State of the Discipline
MODERATOR: Michelle Wright, Northwestern University
Black Studies Then, African American Studies Now: The State of the Discipline

Nathaniel Norment, Temple University
Education for Life: The Du Bois Doctorate of AFAM and its First Forty Years of Unity and Struggle

Amilcar Shabazz, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Social Engagement in African and African American Studies

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University
Subjected Black Knowledges: On the Status of Black Sexuality Studies in African American Studies

Marlon Bailey, Indiana University

4:30 – 5:30 pm
African American Studies and the University: Sparking New Dialogue
MODERATOR: Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Northwestern University
Dwight McBride, Northwestern University

Karla Holloway, Duke University

Reception Immediately Following

Friday, April 13
9:00 – 10:30 am
PANEL 2: “The Tide has Turned”: New Directions in African American Studies
MODERATOR: John Márquez

(Re)conceptualizing Intellectual Histories of Africana Studies

Josh Myers, Temple University
A Project of Salvation: The W.E.B. Du Bois Department, AFAM Studies and the Reclamation of James Baldwin

Ernest Gibson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Black/Queer/Diaspora at the Current Conjuncture. Or, ‘All the things you could be now, if…’

Jafari Allen, Yale University
Is Downward Mobility a Mandate of the Revolution? Questions of Region, Institution, Organization and Audience that Future Black Studies Scholars Must Answer

Stephanie Evans, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
DISCUSSANT: Corey D.G. Walker, Brown University

10:45 – 12 noon
PANEL 3: Confronting the System: The Politics of State Oppression
MODERATOR: Mary Pattillo
Boundaries of Innocence: Race, Sex and the Criminalization of Black Children in

Chicago’s Juvenile Justice System, 1896-1940

Tera Agyepong, Northwestern University
From American Dream to Predatory Lending: Public/Private Programs to Promote Home Ownership Among Low-Income African Americans in the 1970s

Keeanga Taylor, Northwestern University
Forbidden Testimonies of Racial Profiling: Police Stop and Frisk on Trial in Local

Criminal Court

Dwayne Nash, Northwestern University
From Researching the Past to Reimagining the Future: Confronting the Crisis of Mass Incarceration

Heather Thompson, Temple University
Discussant: John Jackson, University of Pennsylvania

12:15 – 1:30 pm
First Lady Michelle Obama and the Dialectics of Black Women’s Studies”

Lunch with Board of Trustees Professor

Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

1:45 – 3:00 pm
PANEL 4: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Africana and Diaspora Studies
MODERATOR: E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University

Reflections on History as a Foundational Discipline for African American Studies

Pero Dagbovie, Michigan State University
Africa in African American and African Diaspora Studies

R. Kiki Edozie, Michigan State University
Teaching for Freedom: The Feminist Teacher in Africana Studies

Keisha Khan-Perry, Brown University

DISCUSSANT: Jonathan Fenderson, Washington University-St. Louis

3:15 – 4:15 pm
Speed Networking

Indigo Lounge

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Provost Dan Linzer, Northwestern University
Keynote Speaker:

Elizabeth Alexander, Yale University
Reception Immediately Following

7:30 – 9:00 pm
Dinner for Conference Presenters

Saturday, April 14
9:00 – 10:15 am
PANEL 5: “Claiming Ownership of that Freed Self”: Exploring New Paradigms in African American Studies
MODERATOR: Sylvester Johnson, Northwestern University
Seen but not heard? Taking Children’s Voices Seriously in Black Studies Scholarship

Erin Winkler, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Filling the Gaps/Speaking the Silences: Black American Women

And Childbirth

Ruth Hays, Northwestern University
Reflections on Africological Scholarship and Future Directions

Joyce Kirk, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
DISCUSSANT: Valerie Grim, Indiana University

10:30 – 11:45 am
PANEL 6: Familiarizing the Strange and Mystifying the Familiar: Borders, Spaces and Liminality
MODERATOR: Sherwin Bryant, Northwestern University
The Haunted Houses of New Orleans: Queer Marriage and White Dread in

Nineteenth Century Domestic Spaces

Frederick Staidum, Northwestern University

“A Most Offensive Outrage”: Black families, child rape, and the law in South Carolina 1885-1905

Cynthia Greenlee-Donnell, Department of History, Duke University
Medicine, Disease, and the Bio-Cultural Body in the Transatlantic Slave Trade: 

New Directions in Slavery Studies

Carolyn Roberts, Harvard University
DISCUSSANT: Sandra Richards, Northwestern University

12 noon – 1:30 pm
The Crisis in Black History: Where Do Public and Academic History Meet?”

Lunch with Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Indiana University

1:40 – 3:00 pm
PANEL 7: Race, Gender and Power in Post Civil Rights Era
MODERATOR: Martha Biondi, Northwestern University
Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan

Zinga A. Fraser, Northwestern University
"I'm Not Selling Out, I'm Selling In": Black Republicans and the

Campaign for Black Capitalism

La TaSha Levy, Northwestern University
Representing “black” sexuality in the Hip Hop/Obama Era

Darieck Scott, University of Califoria-Berkeley
Nurse Eunice Rivers and Condoleezza Rice

Ula Taylor, University of California-Berkeley
DISCUSSANT: Camille Charles, University of Pennsylvania

3:15 – 4:45 pm
Concurrent Workshops
Workshop A:

Best Practices and Lessons Learned: A Conversation with Department Chairs and Doctoral Program Directors
MODERATOR: Alex Weheliye, Northwestern University
Amilcar Shabazz, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Camille Charles, University of Pennsylvania

Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

Joyce F. Kirk, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Nathaniel Norment, Temple University
Workshop B:

Navigating the AFAM Doctoral Program: Advice from AFAM PhD Graduates
MODERATOR: Kinohi Nishikawa, Northwestern University
Marlon Bailey, Indiana University

Stephanie Evans, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Jonathan Fenderson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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