Sonia Sanchez, poet, professor, and national and international lecturer, will be a keynote speaker at the 18th Harlem Renaissance Conference at Paine College. This year’s theme is “Great Migrations and Global Discourses: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Harlem Renaissance Era at Home and Abroad”. There will be a number of presentations that will focus on the literature, history, philosophy, art, and music, as well as inter- and cross-disciplinary approaches from the social and political sciences, economics, and STEM. Areas of examination will include:

  • Literary and historical (trans) migration narratives—oral and written Renaissance sites and salons in Harlem; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; etc.
  • Lives and literatures of emigrants, expatriates, and exiles
  • Global impact of art, music, and/or drama influences on and from Harlem
  • Religious discourses in Harlem and abroad
  • Local, regional, international impact of Black entrepreneurism
  • Modernism, Nationalism, and/or Pan-Africanism
  • Negritude art and politics
  • Medicine – advances and inequalities during the Era
  • Psychological and/or sociological impact of Black self-determination
  • Lynching and racial violence home and abroad

Registration is still open for the Conference, which will be hosted in Candler Memorial Library from November 5-6, 2014.  For accommodation and transportation information visit our website. To obtain media credentials, please contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 821-8322 or