WHEN: Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 6-8
WHERE: Holiday Inn Downtown, 141 N. Ninth St.
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 11, 2002--A three-day conference titled "African and Latina/o Experiences: Cultural Histories, Identities and Relationships in the Americas" will be held Feb. 6-8 at the Holiday Inn, 141 N. Ninth St.
The African American and African Studies program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host the symposium, whose purpose is to provide a forum for individuals to convene and share their ideas on culture and identity in African-originated and Latina/o communities. Scheduled speakers are outstanding scholars who will address life issues of people of Africana, Caribbean, Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Latin American heritage. The keynote speakers are:
Maria Herrera-Sobek, chair of the Chicano Studies Department at
the University of California at Santa Barbara. Herrera-Sobek recently
completed the creation of a joint program between Chicano Studies and
Black Studies at UCSB.
Ruth Hamilton, professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Hamilton specializes in international inequality and development, comparative race relations, Third World urbanization and change, and sociological theory.
Winston James, professor of history at Columbia University. James specializes in Caribbean, African-American, and African Diaspora history. He is working on a book titled "Claude McKay: The Making of a Black Bolshevik."
Delliita L. Martin-Ogunsola, professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She specializes in Latin American literature with an emphasis on the works of African-ancestored authors in the Caribbean.
The conference will be organized to be of interest to academics, regional college and high school students, and the general public. In addition to the keynote addresses of the invited speakers, there will be several concurrent sessions on such topics as "Africanisms in the Afro-Latin Diaspora," "Race, Identity, and Politics," "Africana and Latina/o Intersections," "Local Community Concerns," "Local Education Concerns" and "Employment Opportunities for Africana and Latino Studies Majors."
The symposium is funded by UNL with support from Lincoln Public Schools and Southeast Community College.
To register for the conference, visit its site on the World Wide Web (ht tp://www.unl.edu/unlies/african/symposium_2003/symposium.html) or contact conference committee chair Ronald Stephens, assistant professor of anthropology and geography at UNL, by mail at 131 Bessey Hall, UNL, Lincoln, NE 68588-0368, telephone at (402) 472-8872 or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
CONTACT: Ronald J. Stephens, Asst. Professor, Anthropology & Geography, (402) 472-8872 (email@example.com)
For questions regarding these releases, contact:
(402) 472-8514, Fax: (402) 472-7825