Schedule & Directions

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Plangere Annex
3rd Floor, Murray Hall 302
510 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ
map and driving directions

Rutgers College Avenue campus is accessible from New York City by NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor Line and Philadelphia by SEPTA and NJ Transit . Murray Hall is a 10 minutes walk from the New Brunswick train station and downtown New Brunswick.


9:00-9:20     Continental Breakfast

9:20-9:30     Opening Remarks

9:30-10:45    Panel 1: Black Literature Post-Katrina

Moderator: Carrie Y.T. KhoLi

  • Donavan Ramon, Rutgers University, “‘I’m Hungry for Words’: Teaching M.K. Asante’s Buck  Alongside Douglass and Wright”
  • Jasmine Riley, University of California, Riverside, “The Black Maternal and the Katrina Lexicon”
  • Miranda McLeod, Rutgers University, “’Happy Talk’The Productive Failure of Revolutionary Black Utopias

10:55-12:05   Panel 2: Slavery and Its Afterlives

Moderator: Gabrielle Everett

  • Tasia Milton, Rutgers University, “‘What, is your child, better than my child?’: Sentiment After Gradual Emancipation”
  • Luc Barton, Rutgers University, “Re-Framing Freedom: Performances of Emancipation in Django Unchained and Assassin’s Creed”
  • Timothy Bruno, University of Maryland, College Park, “Nat Turner after 9/11”

12:05-1:35    Lunch (Suggestions)

1:35-2:50     Panel 3: Making Private History Public: Archives and Historical Sites

      Moderator: Margarita Castroman

  • Carrie Y.T. KhoLi, Rutgers University, “Leroi Jones to Amiri Baraka: Living Black Radical Praxis”
  • Dalena Hunter, University of California, Los Angeles,  “Out of the Archival Closet: Opening Black Lesbian Lives to the Historical Record”
  • Alexander Johnston, University of California, Santa Cruz, “The Radical Archive: Attica Distorted, Attica Revealed”
  • Ebonee Davis, Morgan State University, “‘Filling in the Blanks’: Black History Education at Museums and Public Sites”

3:00-4:00     Coffee Break and Open Discussion


Keynote Lecture: Courtney Thorsson, University of Oregon,“Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women Novelists”

5:00-6:00     Reception


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