2017 Black New England Conference – Schedule
Friday, October 20, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Black Heritage Trail Tour
Portsmouth’s Early Black Communities
Featuring Sankofa Scholar, Angela Matthews
From recipes for daily bread to the science of tanning hides to the technology of building construction, Portsmouth's earliest African colonists brought knowledge across the Middle Passage that benefited the owning class, and, ultimately on gaining their freedom, themselves. Come meet the characters who lived and worked in New Hampshire in its first centuries and hear how they made themselves invaluable for their skills, intelligence, and determination.
Huddleston Hall, UNH, Durham
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Check-In and Registration
Honoring, Lewis Latime (1848 – 1918)
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Hidden Figures: Reintroducing Regional Black Scientists & Innovators
African Americans contributions to scientific advancement have long been marginalized in American history. Panelists will introduce attendees to some lesser known regional figures--like Lewis Howard Latimer and Harriet Wilson--whose proper recognition for their significant accomplishments has been denied.
Moderator: Dr. Julie Williams, UNH Senior Vice Provost Engagement and Academic Outreach
3:45 -5:00 p.m.
Hidden Figures and the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Science and the Representation of Black Women
This panel will discuss the complex ways black women are represented in these two recent biographical dramas that document their varied relations to science. Our panel dialogue will explore this recent shift in the representation of black women, looking at its relation to traditional and mainstream representations of African American women and culture.Panelists:
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Awards Dinner and Keynote Address
Time to Come Out of the Box
Featuring Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code
Kimberly Bryant the founder of social movement Black Girls CODE will share her journey as what she calls an “accidental social entrepreneur” and the lessons learned along the way in shaping a new paradigm for women and girls of color in the technology industry. She will explore how recognizing our innate power to become change agents in our own lives and the lives of others by pushing through traditional boundaries and perceived limitations can help us drive change in our world.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Huddleston Hall Ballroom, UNH
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Check-In and Registration
Honoring, Katherine Johnson
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
A Conversation with Anchor Shelly Walcott & Katherine Sanders, Granddaughter of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson
In this conversation, Katherine Sanders will share the stories of her grandmother’s journey to finally being recognized half a century after six manned moon landings, a best-selling book and an Oscar-nominated movie. Katherine Johnson (now 98) is the NASA mathematician who calculated, among many other computations, the trajectory for the space flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space; John Glenn, the first American to orbit earth, and Apollo 11, the first human mission to the moon
Honoring, Otis Boykin (1920 - 1982)
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Tracing Genetic Ancestry & Reclaiming Black Spaces
White society's disregard for Black life has often been reflected in the mistreatment and neglect of physcial spaces Black communities inhabit, in life and death. Panelists will discuss local, storied sites--Magala Island and the Portsmouth African Burying Ground--as examples of race science's local impact on space, community, and preservation. They will also reflect on efforts to unearth and honor the historic meanings of these Black spaces and stories.
Moderator: Dr. Dottie Morris, Associate vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity, Keene State College
Honoring, Charles Drew (1904 - 1905)
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Inventing Race: Science, Medicine, & Big Business
Attempts to prove the existence of the biological differences 'between the races' drove key advances in biology and medicine. The myth of Black racial inferiority has also proven extremely profitable. Panelists will explore case studies that illustrate how science shapes and justifies racism, as well as how racism shapes industries like medicine and pharmacology.
Moderator: Nathan Harris, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing, Zoll Medical
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Time Keynote Address
Featuring Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry
Honoring, Zora Neale Hurston
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Skeletons in Our Closet: Anthropology's Role in Constructing and Deconstructing the Science of Race
The field of anthropology hisorically played a significant and ugly role in the development of false sciences of racial difference and Black inferiority. Panelists will unpack some of this troubled history and share ways current experts are attempting to decolonize the field.
Moderator: Julia Rodriguez, Associate Professor, UNH Department of History
Honoring, Benjamin Banneker
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Afrofuturism: The Way Forward
By deconstructing the past, panelists will explore the ways present day Black students and professionals in the sciences are innovating their fields while continuing to navigate and confront legacies of racial determinism.
Moderator: Prof. Joseph Onosko, University of New Hampshire
“Humans aren't as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were 'reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.”
-Neil deGrasse Tyson