UNH Hosts Black New England Conference 2007
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
May 23, 2007
The Center for New England Culture at UNH will host the Black New England
Conference “Black New England: Visible Lives, Remembered Places” June
1 and 2.
The event will gather scholars, teachers, researchers, community members
and members of local organizations to foster a dialogue on the black experience
in New England throughout history.
James Campbell, associate professor of American civilization, Africana
studies and history at Brown University, will give the keynote address
at 7 p.m., Friday June 1,
in MUB Theatre I. He is the winner of the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick
Jackson Turner Prize and the Carl Sandberg award for nonfiction for his
book, “Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in
the United States and South Africa.”
Campbell will discuss “Navigating the Past: Reflections on Brown
University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice.” Campbell
chaired the committee that sought to both investigate the Brown University’s
historical connections to the practices of slavery, and to foster a dialogue
on the campus and in the community about the complexities of those connections.
Other conference speakers include Barbara Neely, author of the acclaimed
Blanche White mystery novels; Marilyn Richardson, principal of African-Americana
Consultants and author of “Black Women and Religion: A Bibliography” and “Black
Bostonians: Two Hundred Years of Community Culture”; and Joanne
Pope Melish, associate professor of American and African American history
at University of Kentucky.
The conference includes five panel presentations: Black Life in New England;
Black Cultural Expressions in New England; Black New England and the Caribbean;
Black New England and Africa; and Social Memories, Memorials, and Trails.
There also will be a workshop Saturday, June 2, about researching and
teaching local black history. This workshop will feature David Watters,
director of the Center for New England Culture, Valerie Cunningham of
the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, and JerriAnne Boggis of the Harriet
Wilson Project. They will present their work on projects funded by the
UNH President’s Excellence Award.
The events will be held in the MUB and Huddleston Hall. A registration
fee of $50 covers breakfasts and lunches on June 1 and 2, and the conference
packet. An optional tour of black heritage sites in Milford or Portsmouth
is available Thursday by registration for $25. The conference is cosponsored
by the UNH Vice Provost Office/Diversity Initiatives, Black Heritage Partnerships,
the African American Collection of Maine at the University of Southern
Maine, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, the Harriet Wilson Project and
the Upper Housatonic African American Heritage Trail.
For more information on the conference, call or email JerriAnne Boggis
at 2-0639 and firstname.lastname@example.org, or David Watters at 2-0353 and
email@example.com. Information also is available online at http://www.neculture.org/ne-identities.html.