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Rethinking Violence in African American History: History, Memory, Trauma

Professor of Modern U.S. History and African American Studies Nan Woodruff is organizing a conference on Rethinking Violence in African American History: History, Memory, Trauma. The conference will be hosted at Penn State’s University Park campus on October 6-7, 2017, and will include leading scholars in the fields of history, anthropology, law, and political science, as well as activists, all of whom are engaged in path-breaking work on the legacies of racism and violence in U.S. history.

Friday, October 6, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park

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8:30-9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Opening Remarks: William Blair, Walter L. and Helen P. Ferree Professor of American History and Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, Penn State, and Cynthia Young, Department Head, African American Studies Department and Associate Professor of African American Studies and English, Penn State
9:00-10:30 a.m.

Nan Woodruff, Moderator, Professor of African American Studies and Modern U.S. History, Penn State

Murders and Outrages: Black Lives in the Freedmen's Bureau Records, William Blair, Walter L. and Helen P.  Ferree Professor of American History and Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, Penn State

10:45-12:15 p.m.   

Zachary Morgan, Moderator, Associate Professor of Latin American History and African American Studies, Penn State

Deferred Dreams and Exiled Citizens: Black Graduate Education in the Age of Jim Crow, Crystal Sanders, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Penn State

12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:45-3:45 p.m.

Amira Rose Davis, Moderator, Assistant Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State

Can I Get a Witness: Violence, Testimony and the 1967 Detroit UprisingDanielle McGuire, Associate Professor, Wayne State University

When Black Mothers Weep:  Race, Motherhood and Anti-violence OrganizingMelynda J. Price, William L. Matthews, Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the African American and Africana Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Racial Violence, Rendition, and Radical Lawyering: 1930-1960Margaret A. Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Saturday, October 7, Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park

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9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Christopher Tounsel, Moderator, Assistant Professor of History and African Studies, Penn State

“If your ox does not pull, what are you going to do:” Everyday Violence in South Africa’s Deep Level Gold Mines, 1908-1943, John Higginson, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

In My Mother's Body, Courtney Morris, Assistant Professor in African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State

12:00-1:30 p.m.  Lunch Break
1:45-3:45 p.m.

AnneMarie Mingo, Moderator, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's Studies

Leaving and Bearing a Mark: Remembering Anne Moody, Françoise N. Hamlin, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Brown University

All White Folks Was the Police in Grenada: Everyday Violence in a Southern Town, Nan Woodruff, Professor of African American Studies and Modern U.S. History, Penn State

Dianna Freelon-Foster, Founder and Director of Activists With A Purpose and Community Organizer, Southern Echo 

4:00-5:00 p.m. Reflections on the Conference: Discussion with Conference Panelists and Audience

 

Conference is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Penn State University Libraries.

Conference Participants' Bios