2018 Black New England Conference – Schedule
Friday, October 19, 2018
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Black Heritage Trail Tour
Ona Marie Judge Staines, A Profile in Courage
Hear the compelling true story of Ona Marie Judge, who was born in to enslavement and successfully evaded the President and Martha Washington to live as a free woman. Visit the historical sites where her courageous story unfolds. On this tour you will learn how Ona was able to elude the Washingtons’ efforts to recapture her and meet some of Portsmouth’s most famous families, the Langdons and the Whipples, who would helped the local Black community defy the most powerful man in the country to help her.
Sankofa Tour Guide: Angela Matthews
Museum of Art, UNH, Durham
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Fahamu Picou, DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual & Resistance
This artist exhibit serves as one artist’s action in opposition to the overwhelming threats of death and violence which plague Black existence. Through performance, painting, drawing and video, Pecou reframes our view of Black mortality, incorporating references from Yoruba/ Ifa ritual to cultural retentions of hip-hop to the philosophy of Négritude, and through this, shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death.
Image credit: Fahamu Pecou, the return, 2016, acrylic on canvas,
Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room, UNH, Durham
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Check-in and Registration
Historically, a "Black aesthetic" in the U.S. was developed in a contentious relationship with European-American culture, as descendants of enslaved people in the U.S. worked to create and maintain their own traditions while facing racial discrimination. Panelist will explore sociological and/or cognitive approaches to the social brain, African American style, and the creation of Black identity.
The Social Brain and the Creation of Black Identities
- Casey Golomski, University of New Hampshire
Spiritual Style: Masks and the Making of Black Identity, the Seacoast African American Cultural Center
- Jennifer Thorn, St. Anslem College,
"Those Wicked Boys": Blackness and Boyhood in the Memoir of James Jackson
- John Berst, University of New Hampshire,
The Evolution of Black Musical Theatre and Audience Response: Homogenous or Heterogeneous?
Image: IN HONOR OF Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley (1818 – 1907)
3:45 -5:00 p.m.
African Amerian Representations and Aesthetics in the Black Panther
Black Panther, with its Afro-futuristic elements challenges stereotypes by readjusting the barometer of African imagination. This panel will discuss the film's redefining of Africa's aesthetic within today's cinematic consciousness, the complexities of Black style and how the film serves as a vehicle for asserting cultural significance and identity in a culturally hostile environment.
- Delia Konzett, University of New Hampshire
- Kabria Baumgartner, University of New Hampshire
- Lisa Simmons, Roxbury International Film Festival
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Awards Dinner (honoring 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to Ashley F. Bryan, an illustrator, poet, puppeteer, storyteller and scholar of African American Folklore, for his lifetime achievements)
Keynote Address will follow
Featuring Dr. Lucius Turner Outlaw Jr. "Stylin 'n' Profilin': Fashioning Expressive
Reclamations of Selfhood and Peoplehood"
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room, UNH, Durham
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Check-In and Registration
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
African American Cool: Commodification, Erasure and Appropriation
African American style and that of the African Diaspora is a significant part of American and global culture. From its music to its dance and it's clothing to its vernacular, covert appreciation and admiration fast lead to the pervasive cultural appropriation of the Black aesthetic and performative practice. This panel will explore how and why African American style is commodified and the effect of this commodification on African Americans.
Moderator: Dr. Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., Vanderbilt University
- David Livingstone Smith, University of New England
Monsters: Black Men and the Negative Esthetics of Horror
- Phillip Cunningham, Quinnipiac
Still "As Cool as the Other Side of the Pillow": ESPN and Its Connection with Black Cool
- Naykisha Head, Bowling Green State University
"Still Tippin": A Perspective on Cultural Appropriation of Black Culture
Image: IN HONOR OF Willi Donnell Smith (1948- 1987)
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Strange Fruit: Exploring the Style and Art of Black Protest
Protest can be defined as any action that goes against the norm or questions a particular social or historical context. Protest is not always a singular activity, but often an umbrella concept that embodies a range of styles, tactics, and forms. Drawing on all the senses as evocatively as Billy Holiday's song Strange Fruit, this panel will explore how artists uses their craft to support, engage and critique racial injustice and pursue political impact.
- Kirk Maynard, New Jersey University
Seeing Red: An Artist's Look at Housing Discrimination in America
- Petria May,
The Protest Style of Ms. Rosa Parks
- Alexandra M. Thomas, Yale University
Black Feminist Theories of Flesh: Embodiment, Biopolitics, Visual Culture
- Enrico Riley, Dartmouth College
Image: IN HONOR OF Zora Neale Hurston (1891 – 1960)
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-1:00pm - Lunch time keynote address
VP IMAN Cosmetics "The Audacity of Afro-Iconic Style"
Recently, the connection between hair and identity has once again gained attention and garnered much debate within the Black community. The expression of beauty through hairstyles has been a long-standing signature of Black culture. From the afro to hair wraps to braids, Black hairstyles have been used to signify personal expression and the evolution of Black culture. This panel will explore the often sensitive topic of Black hair and style which has brought us to a time when more and more People of Color are embracing the natural beauty of their own hair.
Jada K. Hebra, Southern New Hampshire University
- Darina Pugacheva,
Hair Narrative and Slavery in Tony Morrison's Beloved
- Akinshimaya Nnamdi, Miami University
Nappy Roots: A Thing of the Past
- Martha Mezzanzanica, National Center for Social Research
It's All in the Hair: Untangling the Knots of Identity. The Birth of Nappy Movement in It
Image: IN HONOR OF Angela Davis, 1944 -
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
The Souls of Black Folks: Stepping Forward, Redrawing Boundaries
Style can subvert social constraints such as gender norms and socioeconomic stratification. Style can also present a problematic dichotomy between necessary self-expression and societal judgment. It can conceal or celebrate one's interior self. By deconstructing the past and present Afrocentric cultural style, panelists will explore the ways that various forms of artistic self-expression are innovating the fields while continuing to remain a distinct cultural phenomenon.
- Dorothy Clark, Historic New England
Where have we Been? Where are we going?
- Tracey Walters, Stony Brook University
Janelle Monet: Radical Style
- Terry Robinson, University of NH Class of 2021
- Fahamu Pecou, Artist
Image: IN HONOR OF Andre Leon Talley, 1949