10th Annual African American Studies Symposium

Thursday April 6, 2017

UC Denman Ballroom

8:30 – 8:45 AM


8:45 – 9:45 AM

Panel 1: Afro-Latindad Blackness, Society, and Activism

Nicole Denise Ramsey, “Mek Ah Tel Yuh” (Let me tell you): Blackness as Praxis and Cultural Production in Afro-Costa Rica
Adrienne Washington, Fashioning Afro Brasilidade: Yoruba -oriented Blackness and the social significance of Yoruba linguistic practices in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

9:45 – 10:00 AM


10:00 – 11:30 AM

Panel 2: Black Girls/Women in Social Justice and Educational Spaces

Sierra J. Austin, Navigating Contrived “social justice-based” Non-profit Spaces: Operationalizing Intersectionality in the Name of Black girlhood
Alice Ragland, “Stay Woke”: The Language of #BlackLivesMatter
Caroline Bennett, “Professional Black Girl Literacies”: Exploring Themes of Common Sense and Plurality in Black Women and Girls
Elaine Richardson, BlackGirlLinguistix and Discourse Practices around Ratchet and Othered Literacies

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Lunch/Break (with organized table discussions)

12:45 – 1:00 PM

Student Performance(s)

1:00 – 2:15 PM

Keynote: Jericho Brown

2:15 – 2:30 PM


2:30 – 3:45 PM

Panel 3: Histories of Black Migration and Identity Making

Leroy Meyers, Complications of Blackness and Indianness in Oklahoma & Texas, 1870-1900
Brandon Ronald Byrd, The Only True Man I Ever Meet: Carrie Wright, the Ethiopian Prince, and the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Class in the History of Black Nationalism
Cain, Courtney S. Cain, A Moment of Despair: Haitians in Chicago, 1957-1985

3:45 – 4:00 PM


4:00 – 5:15 PM

Panel 4: Colorism, Race and the Rainbow

Ana Maria Perez, Entre Blanco y Negro: Theorizing Morenidad as a Critical Site of Race and Color
Keara Goin, “Mi raza es dominicana”: Afro-Caribbean Racial Negotiation as a Unique Lens for Approaching U.S. Racial Hegemony

5:15 – 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks: Joycelyn Moody