Experience the Eveyln G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance November 11-12, 2009

Posted by ncarter | 11/9/2009 07:03 AM

Paine College presents the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance on Wednesday, November 11 and Thursday, November 12. The conference consist of five sessions, which will take place in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library Building and the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

About the Harlem Renaissance
From 1919 until 1940, the Harlem Renaissance was an unprecedented , collaboration of artist, writers, and musicians who converged upon  Harlem and created a corpus of literature, art, and music that portrayed the complexity of the African American experience and provided a means of resistance against the attacks upon black humanity. The period is  famously associated with persons such as Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Cab Calloway, Aaron Douglas, Zora Neale Hurston, and Countee Cullen, it also produced lesser known writers, artists, and musicians such as Gwendolyn Bennett, Marita A. Bonner, Sterling Brown, Charlie Parker, Augusta Savage, James Van Der Zee, and Helene Johnson.as famously coined by James Weldon Johnson.These writers and musicians created an artistic and socio-cultural awakening that sought to challenge  the stereotypical characterizations of African American people as shuffling, lazy, and always dancing that prevailed during this period in American history.

With its theme, "Celebrating the Women," this year's conference pays tribute to the contributions made by women of the era. It examines their political, artistic, and cultural impact that helped shape the Renaissance and which continues to reverberate in creative and artistic works today, and it celebrates that vibrancy and genius of the female personalities of the period.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Session I 
Keynote Address — Ms. Frances Wellington
Why We Celebrate
11:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel

Session II
Dr. Deborah Austin, Prof. Virginia Wright, Ms. Jasmine Proctor
Biographical Accounts and Performances — Works of 
Selected Harlem Renaissance Singers, Poets, and Dancers
00Candler Memorial Library
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Session III 
Cold Keener: The Production
Student directors and actors discuss their production of Cold
Keener, a play by Zora Neale Hurston.
Presiding, Dr. Don Cleary
11:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Candler Memorial Library 
Session IV
Issues of Roles, Race, Image and Gender: The Women of the
Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
Utilizing “mini-presentations,” panel discussion, and film
excerpts based on novels written by women of the Harlem
Renaissance and female novelists of subsequent generations,
this session explores the importance of race, image and gender.
Presiding, Prof. Isaac Holmes
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM 
Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Odeum

Session V 
Cold Keener: A Review, by Zora Neale Hurston
Presented by the Paine College Drama Department
Dr. Don L. Cleary,  Jr., Assistant Professor of Drama, 
Production Coordinator
7:30  PM -  9:00 PM 
Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel, Odeum
 This production will be presented again on Friday, 
November 13, 2009 at 7:30 PM in the Odeum.    
2009 Conference Presenters

Deborah Wright Austin, PhD. is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She is employed by the
Richmond County Health Department as a Service Coordinator for the “Babies Cant Wait Program”.
She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Paine College in Sociology with a minor in
music, Master of Science in Human Resource Management and Psychology from Pepperdine
University, and a PhD from American International University in Human Services.  Dr. Austin is the
founder and CEO of the Augusta Area Cultural Society. 

Ms. Jasmine Proctor is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She is a Junior, Secondary English major
at Paine College. She serves as the Student Government Association Secretary and the captain
of the PC Cheerleading squad. She is also a member of the Augusta Area Cultural Society and
serves as an advisor assistant in the program.  

Ms. Virginia Marian Wright is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She received a Bachelors of Art
from Paine College in English Language and Literature; Master of Education from Augusta
College (Augusta State University) with a concentration in Reading. Further studies include
Certification in Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education.