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Monday, February 6, 2012

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration and Opening Reception
Book signing with Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Keynote Speaker
Location: Paine House on Beman Street
~ Van pick-up at Partridge Inn Lobby for transport to campus at 7:30 am ~

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Location: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor/Main Campus
8:00 am – 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:00 am Opening Plenary: Melencia Johnson and LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis Conference Co-Chairs
Welcome Address: Dr. Marcus B. Tillery, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
9:00 am – 10:15 am Panel Session I: Womanism at the Cutting Edge: New Scholarship by Womanists
Panel Chair: Layli (Phillips) Maparyan, Georgia State University
  • “The Womanist Idea: The Methodology of Africana Women” - Layli (Phillips) Maparyan, Georgia State University
  • “This Woman’s Work: The Writing and Activism of Bebe Moore Campbell” - Osizwe Raena Harwell, Georgia State University
  • “Re-membering Springfield: Black Women’s Narratives on Space and Place in Springfield, Massachusetts” - Annalise Fonza, Clark Atlanta University
10:15 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break (Served in Candler Memorial Library)
10:30 am – 11:45 am Location: The Frank Yerby House
Panel Session II: Black Women: Changing the Definition of Art
Panel Chair: Rhonda McCoy, Paine College
  • “Black Dance in America: The African Influence – Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham” - Audrey ‘Sala Adenike’ Jeter-Allen, Jessye Norman School of the Arts
  • “Erykah Badu…Also Known as ‘Badoula Oblongta’” - Mia K. Chae Reddy, University of Maryland-College Park
  • “Images and Lyrics: Stereotypes & ‘isms’ in the Lyrics of 1920s-1930s Blues Women” - Danette Patton, Paine College
11:45 am – 12 noon Location: The Frank Yerby House
Lucy Craft Laney and the Lucy Craft Laney Museum: A Visual Tribute Christine Miller-Betts, Executive Director Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History
12 noon – 1:45 pm Keynote Luncheon
Location: Candler Memorial Library
Introduction of Dr. Pollard: Demetrius McCoy, Senior/English Major
      The Occasion: Dr. Leslie J. Pollard, Conference Founder
Introduction of Dr. Guy-Sheftall: Adrian Sago, Senior/Psychology Major
      Keynote Speaker, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Presentations to Honorees:
  • Provost, Dr. Marcus D. Tillery, Presiding
  • Dr. Leslie J. Pollard, Conference Founder
  • Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Keynote Speaker
  • Ms. Christine Miller-Betts, Executive Director, Lucy Craft Laney Museum 
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Transition time (Panels III and IV in The Frank Yerby House)
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Panel Session III: What Glass Ceiling? Black Women Crossing Disciplines and Causes
Panel Chair: Anita Thompson, Paine College
  • “The Good Fight: Coretta Scott king and the LGBT Rights Movement” - Kijua Sanders-McMurtry, Agnes Scott College
  • “Evolving Women: Is There A Meme That Has Allowed Black Women to Succeed in Aviation?” - Anthony Neal, Paine College
  • “Being Womanish: Womanist Efforts in Child-Saving During the Progressive Era – The Founding of Mt. Meigs Reformatory” - Denise Davis-Maye, Auburn University, Montgomery, Tonya Evette Perry, Alabama A & M University
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Coffee/Tea Refresher (Served in The Frank Yerby House)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Panel Session IV: ‘Please’ Don’t Tell Me What To Believe: Black Women’s Faith and Cultural ‘Over’standing
Panel Chair: Adeleri Onisegun, Paine College
  • “Influential Black Women in the U.S. Virgin Islands: History and Culture” - Sezilee Reid, Paine College
  • “Black Women’s Role in Retaining Traditional Culture” - Jerry Smith, Paine College
  • “Daughters of Doubt: A History of the Black Female Atheist Tradition” - Andre Key, Paine College
  • “Past is Prologue: Using Intersectionality as an Analytical Tool to Examine Past and Present” - Catherine Adams, Paine College
  • ~Dinner on your own~
~ Van pick-up at Partridge Inn Lobby for transport to campus at 8:00 am ~

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Location: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor/Main Campus
8:30 am – 9:00 am Buffet Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:15 am Panel I: Women Warriors and the Fight for Equality (Undergraduate Panel: Collegiate Sisters for Action)
Panel Chair: Marsha I. Walker, Johnson C. Smith University
  • “The Need for A Women’s Paradigm Shift” - Angela Ames, JCSU/Senior in History
  • “Women, Love and Hip Hop” - Infini McNeill, JCSU/Sophomore in Communication Arts
  • “An Internship with Afro-Hispanic Women” - Marla Goins, JCSU/Senior in English and Spanish
  • “Intra-Community Relations and the CSA Objective” - Kneisha Gabriel, JCSU/Sophomore in Business
10:30 am – 11:45 am Panel Session II: Concurrent Sessions
Session A: The Frank Yerby House
  • Diversity Appreciation: Challenges and Opportunities - Jocelyn Poole, Georgia Southern University Kim Eccles, Mercer University
  • Warriors, Chiefs, Queen Mothers and Market Women: A Psychohistory of Africana Women’s Power, a Basis for Self-Efficacy - Adeleri Onisegun, Paine College
Session B: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor
  • (Re)Dressing Black Feminisms in Fairytales: Black Women Empowerment via a Black Princess – Cinderella - Sharrell D. Luckett, University of Missouri-Columbia Chiwuzo Ife Okwumabua, Savannah College of Art & Design Tia M. Shaffer, Liberty University
Session C: Gandy-Richardson Lecture Hall Paine College – Sociology of the Black Experience
Undergraduate Roundtable
Black Women and the Color Line: An Exploration of Patricia Hill Collin’s Black Feminist Thought
Panel Chair and Discussant:
  • Melencia Johnson, Paine College
  • Jeanetta Smith, Psychology-Counseling
  • Kelsey Baker, Biology-Pre-Professional
  • Brian Cox, Sociology-Criminology
  • Brandon Archie, Sociology-Criminology
  • Olysha Keels, Sociology
11:45 am – 12 noon Re-acclimation Break Prior to Luncheon
12 noon – 1:00 pm Luncheon: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Panel Session III: Concurrent Sessions
Session A: Gandy-Richardson Lecture Hall, Haygood Holsey Hall
  • Paine College – Education Majors Undergraduate Roundtable
Pedagogical Guardians- The Educational Legacies of African American Women Educators
Panel Chair and Discussant:
  • LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Paine College
  • Natasha Adebiyi, Early Childhood Education
  • Isaac Bright, Middle Grades Education
  • Na’Imah Francis, Early Childhood Education
  • Ciara Harris, Early Childhood Education
  • James Kearse, Early Childhood Education
  • Michelle Maloyd, Middle Grades Education
  • Brittany Pevey, Early Childhood Education
  • Dorian Smith, Middle Grades Education
  • Yolanda Spiller, Secondary English Education
Session B: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor
  • Paine College – Religion Majors Undergraduate Roundtable
 African American Women’s Religious Leadership: Maria Stewart’s Biblical Interpretation
Panel Chair and Discussant:
  • Katherine Bain, Paine College
  • Courtney Lawrence, Religion
  • Jordan Rutland, Biology-Pre-Professional
  • Tianna Williams, Sociology-Criminology
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Refreshment Break (Served in Candler Memorial Library)
3:00 – 4:30 pm Panel Session IV: Concurrent Sessions
Session A: Frank Yerby House
Who’s ‘Zooming’ Who?”— Subversion and/or Survival 
Panel Chair: Sharon Honore, Paine College
  • “Ain’t You Got A Right to the Tree of Life? Mothers for Adequate Welfare (MAW) and Welfare Policy in Boston (1964-1967) - Audrea F. Dunham, Georgia State University
  • “The Blaxploitation Film Era and the Black Female Lead” - Grace D. Gipson, Georgia State University
  • “You Still Can’t Do That on TV! - Racism in Media” - Jacqueline A. Brown, Independent Film Director
Session B: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor
Black Female Ideas and Exemplars
Panel Chair: Belinda Wheeler, Paine College
  • “Defeating Personhood: A Critical But Incomplete Victory for Reproductive Justice”  - Loretta Ross, Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
  • “Unknown Soldier: Women’s Radicalism, Activism and State Violence in 20th Century Nigeria” - Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome, CUNY/ Brooklyn College
  • “The Social Impact of Women’s Leadership in the United States Armed Forces” - Doris Parker, Paine College
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Dead Woman Dancing On Her Grave – Art on Exhibit
Paine College Artist-in-Residence, Nancy Bookhart Location: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor (Fruit, cheese, and sparkling water will be served)
~ Van pick-up at Partridge Inn Lobby for transport to campus at 7:30 am ~

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Location: Candler Memorial Library, 2nd Floor/Main Campus
8:00 am – 8:30 pm Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am Panel Session: Culmination of 2012 Conference on the Black Experience
Black Ballerinas, Moving From Edge to Center Stage: The Legacy of Dance Educators Marion Cuyjet, Doris Jones and Claire Haywood
  • Tamara Brown, Bowie State University
  • Melanye White Dixon, The Ohio State University
9:30 am – 10:30 am Singing A Black Girl’s Song: The African American Playwrights’ Tradition
  • Shirlene Holmes, Georgia State University
  • Shontelle Thrash, Clayton State University
10:30 am – 11:45 am Closing Plenary