Africa and the Global Atlantic World Conference Schedule and Agenda 2016

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

12:00-2:00 p.m.              Department of Pan-African Studies Open House

5:00-7:00 p.m.               Conference Registration, First Floor Oscar Ritchie Hall

5:00-7:00 p.m.               Gallery Opening Reception: "Show off Your African Wear"

Friday, April 8, 2016

8:00 a.m.            Registration, Oscar Ritchie Hall 2nd Floor

8:00-9:00 a.m.     Continental Breakfast Room 250

8:30-9:00 a.m.     Welcome

                            Cinnamon Small, M. Ed., Outreach Coordinator, Kent State University

                            Todd Diacon, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Kent State University

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Session I- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 214- Facilitator: Wendy Wilson-Fall

“Identity and Roots Heritage Tourism in the Global Atlantic World Workshop”

Denise Harrison, M.A. Instructor, Kent State University-Seneca Falls Course

Chris McVay, Instructor, Kent State University-Kent to Memphis Course

Linda Piccirillo-Smith, M.A., Associate Lecturer, Kent State University-Caribbean Travel Narrative Course

Shannon Christen-Syed, M.A.T./M.A, Lecturer, Kent State University-Travel to Jamaica Course

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Session II- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 250- Moderator: Julie Mazzei

“Resistance in Pan-African Literature, Culture and Communication”

Timothy Welbeck, Esq., Lecturer, Temple University
“People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths to Rhythms: Hip Hop’s Continuation of the Enduring Tradition of African and African American Rhetorical Forms and Tropes”

Austin Moore, Student, Kent State University
“American Mass Media and the Struggle for Black Equality”

Paula Sato, Ph.D., Instructor, Kent State University
“The Masked Subject in Wilfredo Lam’s Afro Cuban Paintings”

10:30-12:00 p.m.

Session III- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 214- Moderator: Linda Piccirillo-Smith

“Exploring the Impact of Anti-Blackness”

Delores V. Mullings, Ph.D., Chair & Associate Professor, Memorial University School of Social Work
“Exploring the Impact of Anti-Black Racism on the Life Experiences of Older Black Caribbean Older Adults”

Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
“Universalism and White Supremacy”

Bilge Şahin, Ph.D. Candidate, University of London
“There is not any ‘Negro’ in Turkey! The Roots of the Perception of Black Body in Turkey and its Political Consequences”

Mark Alan Rhodes II, Doctoral Student, Kent State University
“Performing Paul Robeson in Place, Theatre, and Music”

10:30-12:00 p.m.

Session IV - Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 150- Moderator: Felix Kumah-Abiwu

“Black Identity and Policy”

Felix Kumah-Abiwu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University
“From Theory to Practice: Engaging the Theoretical Perspectives of Pan-African Studies with Public Policy Issues”

Samantha Durr, Student, Kent State University
“A Brief History of United States Foreign Development Assistance to Benin and Liberia Since 2000”

Mwatabu Okantah, Associate Professor, Kent State University
“In Search of the Real Brother Man: An African-Centered Approach to Black Cultural Identity”

12:00-12:45 p.m.

Lunch- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 250

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 250

“Locating Violence: Origins and Geographies”

Wendy Wilson-Fall, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, Africana Studies, Lafayette College

2:00-2:30       Book Signing

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Session V- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 148- Moderator: Amoaba Gooden

“Black Feminist Thought: A Critical Overview”

Joelle Cruz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Amoaba Gooden, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kent State University
Kamesha Spates, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Chinasa Elue, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Nicole Rousseau, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kent State University
Toja Okah, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Akron

2:30-3:45 p.m.

Session VI- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 219-Moderator: Kenneth Bindas

“Migration and Transnationalism in the African World”

George Garrison, Ph.D., Professor, Kent State University
“The Afro-Polynesian Migration to Pre-Columbia America” (Hawaii)

Benjamin Ayettey, Artistic Director, Ohio Northern University
“Music and Dance as a Campaign Tactic in Ghanaian Politics”

Anas Elochukwu, Student, The Confucius Institute at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
“Adaptation Strategies of African Migrants in China: A Case Study of Nigerian-Chinese Marriage in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province”

Christopher Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kent State University
“Contemporary Relationships between Africa and China”

 3:45-4:00 p.m.           BREAK

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Session VII- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 214- Moderator: Shannon Christen-Syed

“Race, Gender and Black Women’s Literature”

Denise Harrison, M.A., Instructor, Kent State University
“African Women Activists: An Historic Model in the Global Atlantic World”

Nisreen Yamany, Graduate Student, Kent State University
“Border and Space in Harriet Jacobs’
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl”

Joanne Killgour Dowdy, Ph.D., Professor, Kent State University
“Minding their own Business: Trinidadian Women in the USA and Jamaica”

Maurice Moore, Student, Guilford Technical Community College
“Do Black Women Exist in the Future? Transgressing the Legacy of Slavery Through Science Fiction”

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Session VIII- Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 250- Moderator: Idris Syed

“Black Resistance Movements”

Jill Rowe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
“In Strength and Struggle: Free Black Communities in the Old Northwest”

David Jamison, Instructor, Miami University
“Communication Networks as a Strategy of Resistance: Slave Agency and the Struggle for Freedom in Dutch Guianas, 1763-1823”

Babacar M’Baye, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kent State University
“A Critical Assessment of the Million Man March: Twenty Years Later”

Kenneth Jolly, Ph.D., Professor, Saginaw Valley State University
“We all are (really in) danger down here and we need you all help at once: The NAACP’s Fight Against State Violence”

5:30-6:00            CLOSING OF CONFERENCE – 250 Oscar Ritchie Hall

6:00-7:00 p.m. Dinner Room 250

7:00-8:00 p.m. Play “Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist”

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African Community Theatre, Room 230 Oscar Ritchie Hall