8th Annual Black New England Conference, Oct 25-26, 2013 at UNH- Huddleston Hall

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and The Center for New England Culture present the 8th Annual Black New England Conference at UNH- Huddleston Hall on Oct 25-26, 2013

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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.

This year’s 8th Annual Black New England Conference investigates the significant roles Black women have played and continue to play in shaping the history, culture, and image of New England. With a lens on the nation and a focus on the New England region, presenters will discuss ways in which Black women have historically navigated New England’s particular geography and structures of race, class and gender through their journeys of “self invention”. By resisting narratives that sought to marginalize them, Black women have historically created alternative paths for themselves, their families and their communities on their journey to self-creation. Tickets to the conference are $50 and include meals. To register online, click the button below or to register by mail please print the Registration Form and mail with check to: Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail-Fall Conference PO Box 728, Portsmouth, NH 03802. For more information (603) 436-8433.

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Friday, October 25

12-1:30 pm
Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Tour by Valerie Cunningham
2:30 – 4:00
Registration (MUB Theatre II)
Film & Film Discussion (MUB Theatre II) Delia Konzette with Special Guest
5:30– 7:30 pm
Huddleston Hall- Opening Dinner, Interview and Book Signing with Sheryl Lee Ralph
with host: Reginald Wilburn

Saturday, October 26

8:30 – 9: 00
Huddleston Hall- Registration
9:00 -10:30 am
Sister Citizen: A Culture of Self Creation
Presenters: Marilyn Richardson (Harvard), Cait Vaughn (UNH Graduate), Reginald Wilburn (UNH)
Moderator: Eve Raimon (University of Southern Maine)
10:45 -12:15 pm
Branding the Black Woman: Mammies, Jezebels, Sapphires and Video Vixens
Presenters: Karen Chambers, Director for Design and Development, IMAN Cosmetics, Aminah Pilgrim, University of Massachusetts, Virginia Towler, Esq., Author
Moderator: Courtney Marshall (UNH)
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
One Woman Civil Rights Play by Sandi Clark
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Towards a Politics of Empowerment: The Ones We Have Been Waiting For
Presenters: Fern Cunningham (Sculptor), Addie Fisher (UNH BFA Graduate), Donya Frank (UNH PhD Candidate), Nadine Thompson (International Entrepreneur)
Moderator: Vivian Johnson (BU)
3:30– 5:00 pm
Keynote Address featuring Sheryl Lee Ralph
Closing Reception

Printable Registration Form