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The W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Presents: Art & Power in Movement, An International Conference Rethinking the Black Power and Black Arts Movements. November 18-20, 2010.


We are grateful to the following sponsors for their generous help towards this conference:

Joel Martin, Vice Provost for Academic Personnel and Dean of Faculty

Julie Hayes Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Robert Cox, Head, Special Collections & Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Jay Schafer, Director, W.E.B. Du Bois Library National Council for Black Studies

W.E.B. Du Bois Department faculty, graduate students and staff

Five College Black Studies Departments

Demetria Shabazz

Educational Collaborative

Theater Department

Priscilla Page

Marcus Gardley

History Department

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Programs

Thursday, November 18th

4:00 pm Melba Boyd, Wayne State University

"Dudley Randall and Broadside Press" Special Collections, 25th Floor, W.E.B. Du Bois Library

8:00 pm Randy Weston Concert--Bowker Auditorium

Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office

Friday, November 19th

8:00-8:30 am Campus Center Auditorium Lobby:

Registration, Coffee/Tea and Fruit/Pastries

8:30-8:45 am Opening--Amilcar Shabazz

Concurrent Sessions Round I

8:45-10:00 am Amiri Baraka Panel--Campus Center, Room 162

Emahunn Raheem Mi Campbell, UMass Mnherst

"Specters of Marxism: The Marxian Influence on Amiri Baraka's Cultural Nationalist Poetry"

Mohammad Aljayyousi, Indiana University of PA

"'Poems That Scream': Orality/Aurality as a Form of Radicalism and Militancy in the Poetry of Amiri Baraka"

Chair: Johanna Ortner, UMass Amherst

8:45-10:00 am International Panel--Campus Center, Room 163

Grace Hampton and Mark Man Herrin, Penn State

"Festac 77--A Cultural Milestone"

Elizabeth Kai Hinton, Columbia University "Nixon's War on Drugs and the Militarization of the Los Angeles Police Force: 1968-1973"

Robeson Frazier, University of California, Berkeley

"The Limits of Tricontinental Solidarity"

Samir Meghelli, Columbia University

"The Battle From Algiers: Transnational Solidarities and the End of Black Power Abroad"

Matthew Birkhold, SUNY Binghamton

"Nothing But Negation: Black Power, New Communism, and the World- Economy"

Chair: Jonathan Fenderson, UMass Amherst

8:45-10:00 am Black Arts Movement and Genre Studies--Campus Center, Room 165

John P. Bowles, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"The African American Performance Art Archive: Documenting Collaboration Collaboratively"

Lloren Foster, Western Kentucky University

"Consciousness and the Short Story"

Aimee Glocke, University of Wyoming

"Is the Black Aesthetic Dead?: Positing the Black Aesthetic as the Foundation of the Black Novel"

Lars Lierow, George Washington University

"The Black Man's Vision of the World: Rediscovering Black Arts Filmmaking and the Struggle for a Black Cinematic Aesthetic"

Chair: Crystal Donkor, UMass Amherst

Plenary Session

10:45-11:4.5 am Forty Years of Black Music in the Pioneer Valley--Campus Center, Room 163

Randy Weston, Musician

Glen Siegel, Magic Triangle and WMUA, UMass Amherst

Terry Jenoure, Director, Augusta Savage Art Gallery

Frederick Tillis, UMass Amherst

Chair: John Bracey, UMass Amherst

Luncheon Plenary

12:00-1:45 pm Malcolm X Roundtable--10th Floor Amherst Room

Sonia Sanchez, Poet, Playwright, Teacher

Rickey Hill, Mississippi Valley State

James Turner, Cornell University

Haki Makhubuti, Poet, Publisher, Teacher

Chair: William Strickland, UMass Amherst

* Pre-registration required

2:00-3:15 SNCC Plenary--Campus Center, Room 163

Judy Richardson, Filmmaker

Charlie Cobb, and Brown University

Chair: Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, UMass Amherst

Concurrent Sessions Round IV

3:30-4:45 Women and Black Arts Movement/Black Power--Campus Center, Room 162

Zahra Caldwell, UMass Amherst

"Black Power Foremother: Abby Lincoln, Music, Image, Representation and Black Womanhood in the 1960s"

Julie Burrell, UMass Amherst

"A New Nation: Alice Childress Rescripts Black Nationalism"

Renee M. Kingan, College of William and Mary

"'Taking it Out!': Jayne Cortez's Collaborations with The Firespitters"

Luo Lianggong, Central China Normal University

"Grow to be a BAM Womanist: Sonia Sanchez's Evolution in the Black Arts Movement"

Chair: Flavia Santos de Araujo, UMass Amherst

3:30-4:45 Ideology, Politics, and Aesthetics--Campus Center, Room 163

Vanessa Fabien, UMass Amherst

"The Black Arts Movement: The Performance of an Environmental Ethic Post Civil Rights"

Donald Geesling, UMass Amherst

"'Survival Kits on Wax': Gil Scott-Heron, the Black Arts Movement, and the Poetics of Resistance in the Age of Nixon"

Gary Holcomb, Ohio University "Audre Lorde's Queer Black Marxism: Reimagining Black Arts"

Charles Nero, Bates College "The Black Arts Movement an the Black Gay Generation of 1986: The Case of Melvin W. Dixon: Poet, Scholar, Novelist"

Chair: Ernest Gibson, UMass Amherst

3:30-4:45 Black Power, Black Arts Movements, and Ethnic Studies--Campus Center, Room 165

Kedong Liu and Li Fu, Harbin Institute of Technology

"Attitudes Toward Tradition in North American Ethnic Literature"

Matthew Calihman, Missouri State University

"Ishmael Reed and White Ethnic Revivalism"

Markeysha Dawn Davis, UMass Amherst

"Implicating Whiteness: Black Arts Poetry and the Attack on the White Ideal"

Chair: James Smethurst, UMass Amherst


Keynote Address: Amiri Baraka Poet, Playwright, Critic, Teacher

Social 6:00 pm--10th Floor Hadley Room Area

Cash bar.

Dinner 6:30 pm--10th Floor Amherst Room

Cash bar.

* Pre-registration required.


Theater reading of Black Arts Movement plays. This evening of excerpts will showcase the work of seminal playwrights Amiri Baraka, Ed Bullins, and Sonia Sanchez alongside contemporary writers Lydia Diamond, Kirsten Greenridge and Lenelle Moise.

Saturday, November 20th

8:30-9:00 am CAMPUS CENTER, 1st Floor Registration Desk

Registration, Coffee/Tea & Fruit/Pastries

Concurrent Session Round V

9:00-10:15 am Black Power/Black Arts Movement on Campus--Campus Center, Room 163

Stefan Bradley, St. Louis University, "Black Student Power at Columbia University, 1967-1969"

Tina Pierce, Denison University

"A Call for Black Power: A Political Analysis of Black Student Insurgency at the Ohio State University from 1969 to 1970"

Dexter Blackman, Loyola Marymount

"'We are men first, athletes second': Black Student-Athletes and the Black Students Movement in the Age of Black Power"

Chair: Donald Geesling, UMass Amherst

9:00-10:15 am Revolutionary Action Movement/Republic of New Afrika Panel-- Campus Center, Room 101

Muhammad Ahmad, Temple University

John Bracey, UMass Amherst

Rondee Gaines, Georgia State University

Edward Onaci, University of Illinois

Askia Toure, Poet

Chair: Amilcar Shabazz, UMass Amherst

Concurrent Sessions Round VI

10:30-11:45 New Scholarship Panel--Campus Center, Room 163

Peniel Joseph, Tufts University

Margo Crawford, Cornell University

William Strickland, UMass Amherst

Ibram H. Rogers, Rutgers University

Chair: James Smethurst, UMass Amherst

10:30-11:45 Print Culture I--Campus Center, Room 101

Jonathan Fenderson, UMass Amherst

"Renovating the Black World: Afro-Modern Festivities & Black Arts Internationalism, 1966-1977"

Seth Markle, Trinity College

"Reading for the Revolution: Drum and Spear Bookstore, Africa and Black Power Constructions of Popular Memory"

Christopher Tinson, Hampshire College

"'Harlem, New York! Harlem, Detroit! Harlem, Birmingham!' Liberator Magazine and the Chronicling of Translocal Activism, 1963-1967"

Brian Purnell, Bowdoin College

"Agitate, Educate, Organize: Black News and the Intersection of Black Mt and Black Power Politics, 1969-1983"

Chair: Dayo Gore, UMass kanherst

Luncheon Plenary

12:00-1:4:5 pm CAMPUS CENTER, 11th Floor Marriott Center

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Sonia Sanchez, Poet, Playwright, Teacher

*Pre-registration required

Concurrent Sessions Round VII

2:00-3:15 pm Local People--Campus Center, Room 163

Candy Tate, Clark Atlanta University

"Visualizing Cultural Politics: Atlanta's Neighborhood Arts Center (1975-1990)"

Rickey Hill, Mississippi Valley State

"The Bogalusa Movement: Self Defense and Black Power in the Civil Rights Struggle"

Ian Rocksborough-Smith, University of Toronto

"Memory, Cultural Fronts, and Black Public History in Cold War Chicago"

Ashley Farmer, Harvard University

"'Working Towards the Community is Our Full-Time Focus': Muriel Snowden, Black Power, and the Freedom House, Roxbury, MA"

Chair: David Swiderski, UMass Amherst

2:00-3:15 pm Continuing the Legacy: Artists and Aesthetics of the Black Arts Movement in Dialogue with Contemporary African American Artists and Artistic Practice--Campus Center, Room 101

Lydia Diamond, Boston University

Kirsten Greenidge, Playwright

Marcus Gardley, UMass Amherst

Djola Branner, Hampshire College

Michael Simanga, Fulton County Arts Council

Chair: Priscilla Page, UMass kanherst

2:00-3:15 pm Print Culture II--Campus Center, Room 162

Zachary Manditch-Prottas, Columbia University

"The Revolution Will be Published: The Role of Prison Literature within the Black Power Movement"

Tim Robinson, Old Dominion University

"Society of Umbra and Umbra Magazine"

Trevor Joy Sangrey, University of California at Santa Cruz

"Politics on Paper: Origins and Uses of Pamphlet Literature in the Black Power Movement"

Chair: Jason Hendrickson, UMass Amherst

Tribute to Writers & Poets Session

3:30-5:00 pm Campus Center, Room 165 Book signings by authors

3:30-4:30 pm Campus Center, Room 163 Film Screening: "Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre 1968"

5:00-6:15 pin Plenary Panel: Legacies of Black Power and Black Arts-- Campus Center, Room 163

Judy Richardson, Filmmaker

Amiri Baraka, Poet, Playwright, Critic, Teacher

Sonia Sanchez, Poet, Playwright, Teacher

Nelson Stevens, UMass Amherst

Eugene Redmond, Southern Illinois University

Askia Toure, Poet

Chair: William Strickland, UMass Amherst Dinner On Your Own

* Various sessions will be videotaped for rebroadcasting.
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