Breaking Boundaries, Created Spaces

Presented by Georgetown University's Departments of African American Studies and Performing Arts, this free conference January 24-25 will consider how black cultural production, expression, criticism, activist work, and scholarship engage the built environment and spatial configurations.

Thursday, January 25
*Please note that you need photo identification to enter the library


10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Robert Patterson, PhD, moderator and speaker
Chair, Department of African American Studies at Georgetown University; Associate Professor 

Jessica Marie Johnson, PhD, speaker
Assistant Professor, Center Africana Studies and Department of History at the Johns Hopkins University

Susana Morris, PhD 
Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Jarita Holbrook, PhD, speaker
Assistant Research Scientist, The Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LaMonda Horton-Stallings, PhD, moderator
Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University

Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, PhD, speaker
Associate Professor of French, Graduate Program Director at Boston College, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Dayo Gore, PhD 
Associate Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego

Monica L. Miller, PhD, speaker
Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch served in the Murray Room

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Soyica Colbert, PhD, moderator
Chair, Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University; Professor, Departments of African American Studies and Theater & Performance Studies

Simone Browne, PhD, speaker
Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin 

Scheherazade Tillet, speaker
Executive director of and the photographer for A Long Walk Home

Arielle Julia Brown, MA '17, speaker
Graduate Fellow for the Study of the Public History of Slavery at Brown University

View full January 24-25 conference schedule.


Image credit:
KERRY JAMES MARSHALL, School of Beauty, School of Culture, 2012 © Kerry James Marshall. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library, Murray Room (fifth floor)
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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