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Lunchtime Discussion with Heather Ann Thompson

May 4, 2022
12:30PM

Lunchtime Discussion with Heather Ann Thompson – Open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

Histories of Healing: An Africana Symposium on Movement and Wellness Plenary Discussion

April 29, 2022
1:30PM
– 3:00PM

The symposium plenary discussion, “A Way of Life: Practitioner Reflections on Movement” will be moderated by Dr. Kathyrn Sophia Belle, chaired by Dr. Jamie Lee Anderson, and will include Ericka Huggins, Dr. Darlene DeFour, Dr. Germon Moriniere Bey, and Nitanju Bolade Casel. – Open to the public

Histories of Healing: An Africana Symposium on Movement and Wellness

April 28, 2022
– April 29, 2022

Co-sponsored by the Richards Civil War Era Center and the Africana Research Center, and organized by Dr. Maryam K. Aziz, Richards Center & African Research Center Postdoctoral Fellow, this Works-in-Progress Paper Symposium will be held virtually on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29, 2022. The theme is “Histories of Healing: An Africana Symposium on Movement and Wellness.” African-descended folks in the Americas have always given serious thought to what activities and materials human beings need to live full lives. Developing strategies to heal and feel well, mentally and physically, reoccurred in Black community building and organizing during the 20th century. Considerations about how to thrive and find joy under systems of oppression centered diverse practices of body movement that were intimately connected to mental and spiritual wellness.

This symposium focuses on connecting scholars whose research provides new thoughts on histories of Black bodies in motion as healing. Practices of African- and Asian descended-movements proliferated the decades that preceded, encompassed, and followed the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.  Papers will flesh out how movement practices such as karate, yoga, diving, and bachata animated Black life while forcing practitioners to grapple with questions of Diaspora, U.S. cultural imperialism, racial formation, gender, and sexuality. Selected papers will move beyond theorizations of the “body” to explore the myriad ways that historicizing Black peoples’ attention to, and love of movement, captures the relationship of ease and embodiment to “Blackness.”  Overall, this symposium aims to bridge the scholarly divide that can separate diverse movement practices and parse out the relationship between the written archive, the oral archive, and the archives inscribed in the techniques passed down in arts of movements.

Histories of Healing: An Africana Symposium on Movement and Wellness Keynote Address

April 28, 2022
5:00PM
– 6:15PM

Dr. Jasmine Johnson will deliver the symposium keynote address, “An Ephemeral Sum: Black Dance, Conferral, and the Question of Healing” – Open to the public 

Richards Center Writing Group

April 26, 2022
10:00AM
– 12:00PM

Richards Center Writing Group – Open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

Lunchtime Discussion with Premilla Nadasen

April 19, 2022

Lunchtime Discussion with Premilla NadasenOpen to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

Richards Center Writing Group

April 19, 2022
10:00AM
– 12:00PM

Richards Center Writing Group – Open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

RCWEC Community Manuscript Workshop with Sasha Coles

April 12, 2022

RCWEC Community Manuscript Workshop with Sasha ColesOpen to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

Richards Center Writing Group

April 12, 2022
10:00AM
– 12:00PM

Richards Center Writing Group – Open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

Richards Center Writing Group

April 5, 2022
10:00AM
– 12:00PM

Richards Center Writing Group – Open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

Lunchtime Discussion with Jonathan Gienapp

March 16, 2022
12:30PM

Lunchtime Discussion with Jonathan Gienapp – Open to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

RCWEC Community Manuscript Workshop with Cathleen Cahill

March 1, 2022

RCWEC Community Manuscript Workshop with Cathleen CahillOpen to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty

Ariel Ron Author-Meets-Readers

February 24, 2022
4:00PM

Ariel Ron Author-Meets-Readers with Sally McMurry, Matthew Karp, and Gautham Rao, moderated by Emma TeitelmanOpen to the public

Lunchtime Discussion with Karlos Hill

February 16, 2022
12:30PM

Lunchtime Discussion with Karlos HillOpen to Richards Center affiliated graduate students, post-docs, and faculty