25th Anniversary of Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance

August 17, 2022

Paine College Department of Humanities to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance

The Paine College Department of Humanities will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance on October 26-27, 2022, at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia. This year's conference is a blended celebration in both virtual and on-campus formats. This year's theme is, "Art Matters: Historicizing Emancipation Through the Arts." The conference will host several major events, music, visual, and literary significance. There will be a town hall meeting as has become a feature at the conference as well as plans for tents featuring special presentations throughout the conference. The Conference, founded in 1997 by Dr. Lola Richardson, former chair of the Department and Paine alumna, will examine the national and international impact of one of the most important artistic and cultural movements in history that spanned from 1919 to 1940 and produced notable writers, critics, and artists such as Claude McKay, James Weldon Johnson, Augusta Savage, Gwendolyn Bennett, Bessie Smith, and Alain Locke. This year's conference is particularly special because the Harlem Renaissance turns 100, and this year's theme is "Art Matters: Historicizing Emancipation through the Arts". This year's keynote speaker is Mr. Omar Wynn, former Director of Exhibits Production, and Special Projects Coordinator at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The conference invites professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and independent scholars to present research that will examine the origins and the legacy of the Renaissance through interdisciplinary collaborations.

For more information on the conference, please contact Ms. Heba Elziebair, Conference Coordinator, at (706)821-8326 or by email at helziebair@paine.edu. You can also visit www.paine.edu for more information and a detailed schedule of events.

Contact: Helene Carter,
Institutional Advancement
Paine College

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