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Rethinking Violence in African American History: History, Memory, Trauma

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 9:30am to 5:00pm

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, Penn State, University Park

Professor of Modern U.S. History and African American Studies Nan Woodruff is organizing a conference on Legacies of Violence. The conference will be hosted at Penn State’s University Park campus on October 6-7, 2017, and will include leading scholars in the fields of history, anthropology, law, and political science, as well as activists, all of whom are engaged in path-breaking work on the legacies of racism and violence in U.S. history.

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Christopher Tounsel, Moderator, Assistant Professor of History and African Studies, Penn State

“If your ox does not pull, what are you going to do:” Everyday Violence in South Africa’s Deep Level Gold Mines, 1908-1943, John Higginson, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

In My Mother's Body, Courtney Morris, Assistant Professor in African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:45-3:45 p.m.

AnneMarie Mingo, Moderator, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Women's Studies

Leaving and Bearing a Mark: Remembering Anne Moody, Françoise N. Hamlin, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Brown University

All White Folks Was the Police in Grenada: Everyday Violence in a Southern Town, Nan Woodruff, Professor of African American Studies and Modern U.S. History, Penn State

Dianna Freelon-Foster, Founder and Director of Activists With A Purpose and Community Organizer, Southern Echo 

4:00-5:00 p.m. Reflections on the Conference: Discussion with Conference Panelists and Audience

Conference is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies and the Penn State University Libraries.

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