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Middle Passage Coversations, On Black Religion in the African Diaspora

AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE AT YALE UNIVERSITY

April 3 - 5, 2008

Conference Schedule

 

YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL                                                               THURSDAY, 3 APRIL 2008


4:00PM    REGISTRATION                                                               Sarah Smith Gallery

 

6:00PM    OPENING PLENARY                                                        Marquand Chapel

Welcome
Harold Attridge, DEAN, YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL


Introduction to the Conference
Emilie M. Townes, YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL


Introduction of Faith Ringgold
Sally M. Promey, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, YALE INSTITUTE OF SACRED MUSIC


Faith Ringgold--More Than Fifty Years
Faith Ringgold, PAINTER, WRITER, SPEAKER, SCULPTOR, PERFORMANCE ARTIST


Booksigning                                                                               Common Room


AUDITORIUM, WHITNEY HUMANITIES CENTER                        FRIDAY, 4 APRIL 2008

       

       8:00AM   CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION

 

       8:30AM   CONVERSATION ONE: "What makes a body Black in the USA today?"

Moderator: Emilie M. Townes, YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL

Panelists:  Kamari Maxine Clarke, YALE UNIVERSITY
               William H. Myers, ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY/NEW MT. ZION            

                        BAPTIST CHURCH
               Peter J. Paris, PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
               Marcia Y. Riggs, COLUMBIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY


10:00AM  BREAK

10:30AM  CONVERSATION TWO: "When will we be able to stop pleading our case that we are human?"


Moderator: Dwight N. Hopkins, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO DIVINITY SCHOOL
Panelists:  Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, COLBY COLLEGE
               Eddie Glaude, Jr., PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
               Jonathan Holloway, YALE UNIVERSITY
               Alondra Nelson, YALE UNIVERSITY

12:00N  LUNCH ON YOUR OWN


MARQUAND CHAPEL, YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL                       FRIDAY, 4 APRIL 2008

1:30PM CONVERSATION THREE: "What do we gain and lose in the shift from commemorating Martin Luther King Jr's assassination to celebrating the anniversary of his birth, as we will do this year, 40 years after his death?"

Moderator: Joan M. Martin, EPISCOPAL DIVINITY SCHOOL
Panelists:  Kathleen Neal Cleaver, YALE UNIVERSITY
               Katie Geneva Cannon, UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY – PSCE
               Albert J. Raboteau, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
               Linda E. Thomas, LUTHERAN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, CHICAGO

3:00PM  BREAK

3:30PM  CONVERSATION FOUR: "How does the shape of a vowel, the placement of space and words on the page, signal the spiritual in your work or in the work of those whom you admire?"

Moderator: Hazel Carby, YALE UNIVERSITY
Panelists:  Elizabeth Alexander, YALE UNIVERSITY
               Nikky Finney, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
               Marilyn Nelson, UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, STORRS
               Yolanda Pierce, PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

YALE INSTITUTE OF SACRED MUSIC GALLERY SPACE          FRIDAY, 4 APRIL 2008

6:00PM   Visual Exegesis: Religious Images by African American Artists from the Jean E. and

               Robert E. Steele Collection Exhibit Opening

 

Wine and Cheese Reception and Gallery Talk with Robert E. Steele                        Great Hall

 

7:30PM   DINNER ON YOUR OWN


AUDITORIUM, SAINT THOMAS MORE CENTER                    SATURDAY, 5 APRIL 2008

8:00AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30AM CONVERSATION FIVE: "What are effective strategies for eradicating the misogyny, heterosexism, and homophobia in Black communities in the African diaspora?"


Moderator: M Shawn Copeland, BOSTON COLLEGE
Panelists:  Harlon Dalton, YALE UNIVERSITY
               Kelly Brown Douglas, GOUCHER COLLEGE
               Renita J. Weems, AUTHOR AND BIBLICAL SCHOLAR
               Traci C. West, DREW UNIVERSITY THEOLOGICAL SCHOOL

10:00AM BREAK

10:30AM CONVERSATION SIX: "How does history and memory shape us as a diasporic people? Como a história e a memória nos formam como as pessoas de diáspora?"


Moderator: Yolanda Y. Smith, YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL
Panelists: Vilson Caetano de Souza, Júnior , UNIVERSIDADE DO ESTADO DA BAHIA
               Peter T. Nash, WARTBURG COLLEGE
               Anthony Reddie, QUEEN’S FOUNDATION FOR ECUMENICAL THEOLOGICAL

                          EDUCATION
               Robert Burns Stepto, YALE UNIVERSITY
               Dianne M. Stewart, EMORY UNIVERSITY

               Cornel West, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY


12:00N LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30PM CONVERSATION SEVEN: "Is freedom always conditional?"


Moderator: Emilie M. Townes, YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL
Panelists:  La Marr J. Bruce, YALE UNIVERSITY
               Stephen C. Finley, RICE UNIVERSITY
               Keri Day Harrison, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
               Josef Sorett, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
               Anjulet Tucker, EMORY UNIVERSITY


3:00PM BREAK

3:30PM CONVERSATION EIGHT: "What are the sounds of freedom that fuel your work?"


Moderator: Andre C. Willis, YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL
Panelists: Dwight Andrews, EMORY UNIVERSITY/FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UCC
              Theodore Burgh, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, WILMINGTON
              Mellonee Burnim, INDIANA UNIVERSITY
              Evelyn Harris, SINGER, TEACHER, CHOIR DIRECTOR, NORTHAMPTON, MA
              William B. McClain, WESLEY THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
              Dennis W. Wiley, HOWARD DIVINITY SCHOOL/COVENANT BAPTIST CHURCH


5:30PM   DINNER ON YOUR OWN

AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER                                  SATURDAY, 5 APRIL 2008

8:00PM      Living Water , A play by Meredith F. Coleman-Tobias

10:00PM     Dance Party