Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beyond Black And White: New England Identities Conference

New England Identities
Black New England Conference
June 11 - 13, 2009
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Lorene Cary

2009 Black New England Conference

New England: Beyond Black & White

Moving beyond rigid racial identities, this year's conference will explore the contemporary as well as historic interactions between Black and Indigenous communities, the presence of "passing" mixed race individuals, and the more recent immigrant experience, within a New England context. These complex interactions, connections, conflicts, experiences, and resistant efforts of Black, white, Indigenous, and multi-racial citizens will be explored through scholarly research, presentations on books, shared personal stories, and imagery.

The Black New England Conference is a 2-day conference that gathers scholars, teachers, researchers, community members and members of local organizations to share their work and insights on the Black experience past and present in New England. It is both an academic conference and a celebration of Black life and history in New England.

Thursday, June 11: Portland, Maine Black Heritage Tour
10:30 - 5:00 pm Description to Follow

Thursday, June 11: MUB Theatre 1
7:00 - 9:00 pm Movie & Discussion
The Human Stain (2003)
The Human Stain is the story of Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins), an eminent Jewish professor whose supposed history belies a far more complex past.

Friday, June 12: UNH Holloway Commons
8:00 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 10:30 am

Session #1: Re-visioning Color: Race in the Arts

  • Siobhan Senier, Woman of the Red Atlantic: Nancy Elizabeth Prophet's Shifting Racial Identities
  • Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Nomads in Plain Sight: Creole as a Concept or Post Identity Crisis Syndrome
  • Delia Konzett, Interracial New England in Cinema

10:45 - 12:15 pm

Session #2: The Power to Name: New England in Red & Black

  • Julianne Jennings, Mixed-Blood Indians of Southern New England
  • M. Parm Schrems, A "Very bad outcry": The Mashpee-Wampanoag Proprietors' Struggle against the Theft of Political Autonomy, 1788-1789
  • Lukens & Yellow Robe, Rez Politics: Re-examining the realities of blood quantum and intertribal relationships.

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Performance

  • Mwalim (Morgan James Peters), You're An Indian?

1:45 - 3:15 pm

Session #3: Contending with Tradition: Black Bostonians and the Negotiation of Identities

  • Ousmane Power-Greene, "We Are Not Your Enemies": Black Americans and the New England Colonization Movement in 1818-1860
  • Deidre Hill-Butler, Womanist identities in Newton, Massachusetts, 1904-1920
  • Daniel McClure, Elma Lewis, Cultural Brokerage and Black Community Formation in Boston, 1939-1969

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Session #4: Writing Race

  • Carol Conaway, "The Question of Racially-Integrated Education: The Antebellum Thought of Mary Ann Shadd Cary and Frederick Douglass."
  • Lena Ampadu, Crossing Racial Lines to Advance a Race: The Rhetoric and Politics of Pauline Hopkins
  • Pearlie Peters, Dorothy West's Classic Recordings of New England Life
  • Margaret Schramm, Racism in Dorothy West's Mother-Daughter Relationships

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Break for Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Keynote Address & Opening Reception (MUB Theatre 1)

  • Lorene Cary

Saturday, June 13: UNH Holloway Commons
8:00 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 10:30 am

Session #5: Breaking Boundaries

  • Chris Cameron, Creating Communities: African American Religion and Politics in Colonial Massachusetts
  • Eric Aldrich, "An Impertinent and Unchristian Spirit"
  • Amber Moulton-Wiseman, Charles Lenox Remond and the Repeal of Massachusetts' Interracial Marriage Ban
  • Zebulon Miletsky, Race on Trial: Passing and the Van Houten Case in Boston

10:45 - 12:15 pm

Session #6: Tracing the Color Line

  • David Watters, Passing in Black and White: Danzy Senna's Caucasia and New Hampshire's "Negrobilia"
  • Aminah Pilgrim, The Changing Same: Competing Notions of Blackness Among Traditionally Defined African-Americans and Immigrants of the African Diaspora in the U.S.
  • Valerie Cunningham & Linda Freeman, Colors and Colorism

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Performance

  • Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, Sarah Harris

1:45 - 3:15 pm

Session #7: Separate & Unequal: Creating Black Spaces

  • Elise Lemire, Walden Pond and Post-Slavery Segregation in New England
  • Kent A. McConnell, "Fly to arms and smite to death...the hopeless grave": The Contested Meaning of Black Soldiering in New England, 1861-1897
  • Rachel Jones Williams, "Thou Hast a Right to Noble Pride": An African American Woman Entrepreneur and Activist Transcends Race and Class in New England

Closing Reception & Rock Rest Exhibit Preview


More on the conference and registration can be found here.

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