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Africana Conference at Vassar College, April 17-19, 2009

Africana Conference at Vassar College, April 17-19, 2009

In commemoration of the fortieth year of its establishment at Vassar College, the Africana Studies Program will be organizing a conference on April 17-19, 2009 on the theme: “Forty Years at Vassar College: Africana Identities in the Diaspora.”  The conference will explore the political and intellectual roots of Africana Studies and related programs in the United States; the Global dimensions of the Africana intellectual project; the specific trajectory of the program at Vassar College; and the emerging directions and prospects for disciplines/departments/programs relating the experiences of peoples of African descent in the 21st Century.   

Professor Noliwe Rooks, the Associate Director of the African-American Studies Program at Princeton University will deliver the Opening address, “Back to the Future: Black Studies and the 21st Century,” and Dr. Randall Robinson, lawyer and founder of TransAfrica will deliver the Keynote Address, on “Haiti, President Obama, and the African-world Psyche.”  Other invited speakers and panelists over the three-day meeting include:

• Professor Ann Du Cille, Wesleyan University.
• Professor Stephanie Evans, University of Florida in Gainesville • Professor Larry Mamiya, Vassar College • Professor Tyrone Simpson, Vassar College of English • Ms. Paula Madison ’74, Executive Vice President, NBC • Professor Joyce Bickerstaff/Vassar College • Ms. Peggy Piesche, Vassar College, • Professor Keisha Fikes, University of Chicago • Professor Filomena Steady, Wellesley College • Professor Diane Harriford, Vassar College • Professor Darién J. Davis, Middlebury College • Professor Jose Buscaglia, University at Buffalo • Professor Kim Butler, Rutgers University • Emeritus Professor Glen Johnson, Vassar College

* The conference, which will take place at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604, is open to all faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and those interested in Africana Studies and related disciplines.  The basic registration for the conference is $25.00, and the full fee, inclusive of two major dinners, lunches, and a jazz brunch is $100.00. The registration fee is waived for graduate and undergraduate students. If you need additional information on the conference or a formal invitation, please contact Ms. Patricia Mathis, the administrative assistant for the Vassar College Africana Studies Program at; Tel: 845 437 7490; Fax 845 437 5925.

* Limited accommodation will be available at the Vassar College Alumnae house at a conference-discounted rate of $89.00 single and $110.00 double per nights. Rooms are also being blocked off at local area hotels and prices will be confirmed based on demand. There are also cubicles at the house, which cost less. Vassar students will help out with free accommodation for other students.

For more info please contact:
Ms. Patricia Mathis
845 437 7490

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