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Frederick Douglass Fall Symposium

The event poster.


September 24-25, 2021

Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626
Free and open to the public

We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Chains: Black Study and its Futures

The symposium featured some of the top scholars in the field discussing the trajectory of Black Studies within and outside the academy. For questions call (585) 275-9161 or email fdi@rochester.edu.


Symposium Schedule and Livestream Videos
Friday, September 24

1–3 p.m. Keynote Opening Panel—Introduction by Dean Donald Hall

  • “The Futures of Black Study” E. Patrick Johnson (Northwestern University)
  • “Flaming: The Art of Enflaming Worship” Alisha Lola Jones (Indiana University)
  • “What is Queer about Black Studies?” Marlon Bailey (Arizona State University)
  • “Where’s Africa in Black Studies: Extractive Economies & Hot Flesh” Shanti Parikh (Washington University)
  • “Towards a Re-enchantment with Black (Queer) Diaspora” Studies Rinaldo Walcott (University of Toronto)

4–5:30 p.m. “Making Sweet Tea”—Screening and Q&A with E. Patrick Johnson; Introduction by President Sarah Mangelsdorf

5:30–6:45 p.m. Inaugural Reception on Eastman Quadrangle

Saturday, September 25

10–11:30 a.m. Keynote Panel Discussion 1—Introduction by Mia Alafareit, FDI Postdoctoral Fellow

  • “Policing Blackness: How Intersectional Threat Shapes Black Politics” Jenn M. Jackson (Syracuse University)
  • “From the Window to the Wall: The Vicarious Performance of Lil’ John” Gabriel Peoples (Indiana University)
  • “Anthropology and the Salvage Slot: E-Waste, African Science, and Black Studies’ Futures” KwameOtu (University of Virginia)

1–2:30 p.m. Keynote Panel Discussion 2—Introduction by Ricardo Millhouse, FDI Postdoctoral Fellow

  • “Anticipating Blackness: Nina Simone's Feelings and the Time of Black Ontology” Julius Fleming (University of Maryland)
  • ““In All Her Glory”: What Black Trans* Elders Teach Us About the Future of Black Study” Christina Carney (University of Missouri)
  • “Looking to Bust In[to] All the Right Places: Blackness and the Sexual Geographies ofHomelessness”
    Terrance Wooten (UC-Santa Barbara)

3 p.m. Inaugural Frederick Douglass Lecture—Introduction by Dean Gloria Culver

  • “The Necessity of Black Disobedience” Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr, Director of the FDI

9:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Black Party @ Side Bar, 242 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14604