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Reflecting Black Fall Research Symposium

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University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)

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This year, 2019, marks the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans to British North America. Commemorating 1619, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Humanities and Social Sciences is hosting a symposium reflecting on 400 Years of African American Life and History. The symposium seeks to foster critical reflection on blacks' experiences with racism and various forms of structural oppression throughout United States history. The symposium also aims to celebrate the beauty and richness of African American culture and highlight achievements and contributions African Americans have made to various sectors in the United States since 1619.



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The symposium features a variety of paper presentations from scholars and emerging scholars from a wide range of colleges and universities, including: Yale, Vanderbilt, Delaware State, University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado-Boulder, Pepperdine University, the College of New Jersey, Rice, UT Austin, UH, UT San Antonio, UT Arlington, Prairie View A&M, Stephen F. Austin, UHD, and HCC. The panel topics include the following:

SESSION 1 PANELS, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

  • A. Agency Among Enslaved and Free Blacks in the Antebellum Era

  • B. African Americans and Educational Systems

  • C. Examining Black Communities

SESSION 2 PANELS, 11:30 AM - 12:45 NOON

  • A. Exploring the African Diaspora

  • B. African Americans and Mental Health

  • C. Art, Literature, and Religion as Tools of Resistance

SESSION 3 PANELS, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

  • A. Grappling with the Exploitation of Black Bodies

  • B. Post Civil Rights Activism and Resistance

  • C. Engaging Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality

SESSION 4 PANELS, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • A. The Prison Industrial Complex

  • B. Black Feminism and Social Media Activism

  • C. African Roots and Black Culture




Opening Plenary, Keynote Speaker, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Dr. Alexander Byrd, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean of Humanities for Undergraduate Projects at Rice University




Black and Brown Freedom Movements Luncheon, 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

Dr. Sonia Lee, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University in Bloomington




Black to the Future Panel, Envisioning Black Futures, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Charles Savage, Executive Director of the Urban Enrichment Institute

Nicola Springer, Vice President of Kirksey Architecture and the PreK-12 Education Team Leader

Dr. Rachel Quinn, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Comparative Cultural Studies at University of Houston


REGISTER / RSVP - This symposium is free and open to scholars, students, and the public.


For more details, visit: https://tinyurl.com/UHDReflectingBlack


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