2013 CPC Conference: Black Emancipations: Commemorating "A New Birth of Freedom" in Africa & the African Diaspora

The 2013 Central Pennsylvania Consortium Conference

Black Emancipations: Commemorating "A New Birth of Freedom” in Africa & the African Diaspora

Gettysburg College

November 15 & 16

The 2013 CPC Africana Studies conference will contribute to and expand the intellectual discourse of sesquicentennial commemorations by prompting scholars from different disciplines to examine the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address's "new birth of freedom," and the American Civil War in a broad spatial and temporal context.

Conference participants will interrogate the origins, processes, and outcomes of black liberation movements that have emerged and continue to emerge from civil wars and conflict in Africa and the African Diaspora. The conference will contribute to campus-wide diversity discussions and initiatives by prompting students, faculty, and administrators to consider the American Civil War and sesquicentennial events through a broad interdisciplinary context. The Civil War Era Studies program at Gettysburg College exemplifies how study of the American Civil War can break out of traditional confines. The conference uses the CWES approach as a springboard to draw students from different disciplines at Gettysburg College and the CPC schools into an environment in which they will examine black strategies for liberation amid conflict and the impact of emancipation struggles on gender, language, politics, and economics.

Dr. Angela Davis

Keynote Speaker

Nov. 16th 4:00PM Mara Auditorium

The Central Pennsylvania Consortium African Studies Conference is
hosted by the Africana Studies Program at Gettysburg College, and is co-sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Consortium, The Sesquicentennial Commission, The Office of the President, and The Office of the Provost.

9:00AM - 3:00PM

Panel Discussions: CUB 260

9:00 - 10:30 am Fifty Years Later: Re-interrogating Decolonization and Liberation

Panel reflecting 2013 is also the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which resonated throughout the African world. This panel reflects on the meaning of fifty years of decolonization in Africa and in the African Diaspora. This will be an interdisciplinary panel; the focus will not be historiographical.

Dr. Kelechi Kalu, Ohio State. Associate Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, and Professor of African and African American Studies

Dr. Cora Presley, Georgia State University. Professor of African History in Department of African-American Studies

Dr. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor in Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Past Speaking Truth to the Present: Language and Hip Hop in Black Resistance
This panel will demonstrate how linguistics and hip hop scholarship provides an analytical lens for examining language and music as a dynamic catalyst in black resistance movements past and present in the United States and Europe.
Jeff Chang, Stanford University. Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts
Paul Miller, Professor of Music at The European Graduate School
James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University


1:30 - 3:00 pm “Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address: A New Birth of Black Freedom in the United States”

A roundtable discussion among top historians exploring how new directions in Civil War era historiography may or may not provide useful ways of considering diverse African American experiences and strategies as they responded to emancipation, both during the Civil War and the hundred years following. This discussion may consider, for example: · Has the term ‘the new birth of freedom’ had significant meaning for African Americans? · What contexts shaped the reality of a new birth of freedom for African Americans? · In the field of Civil War era studies, what historical questions need studying and how might the theoretical insights
from Africana Studies more broadly inform our understanding of that history?
Dr. Thavolia Glymph, Duke University. Professor of African and African American Studies
Dr. Matthew Gallman, University of Florida. Professor of American and Civil War History
Dr. Crystal Feimster, Yale University. Professor of African American and American Studies

4:00 - 5:00 pm Keynote: Dr. Angela Davis
Author of The Meaning of Freedom (collection of speeches examining democracy as workable only when citizens have genuine freedom and participate actively in its maintenance); Are Prisons Obsolete (a call for a 21st century abolition movement by ending or significantly changing a prison system that has descended directly from the post-Civil War system of racial segregation and punishment of black laborers); Abolition Democracy (published interviews of Davis’s critiques of human rights violations by the US government and “prison regimes” traceable to racial hierarchies.)