CFP: The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas: An Interdisciplinary Conference (8/25/06; 11/6/06-11/9/

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Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sarah Brennan

Dedicated to Nicolás Guillén and Gwendolyn Brooks
November 2006

Paper/Proposal DEADLINE: AUGUST 25, 2006

About the Conference
        The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas: An Interdisciplinary Conference to be presented during the month of November and will be hosted at various campuses throughout The City University of New York system. Each campus will host panel presentations, performances, roundtable discussions, and workshops. The pre-conference dates are: October 20 and November 4 and 5. The conference begins November 6 and lasts through November 9, 2006.

Spearheaded by Eugenio María de Hostos Community College and Medgar Evers College, the collaboration includes: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Graduate Center, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College and York College, and is dedicated to Nicolás Guillén (1902-1989), an Afro-Cuban poet, born it Camagüey, Cuba, and Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), an African American poet, born in Topeka, Kansas.

In an effort to honor the work completed by Brooks and Guillén, this conference aims to foster conversation among speakers and participants who descend from different backgrounds. It will bring together academicians who have produced or promoted bodies of knowledge pertinent to the presence and influence of the African culture on cultures of the Americas. Plenary sessions, panel presentations, workshops, and round-table discussions will explore history, tradition, and humanity such that conference participants attain a heightened sense of cultural awareness about themselves and about each other.
Each campus will feature an exhibit of visual arts inspired by the experiences of the African diaspora and by the written works of both, Nicolás Guillén and Gwendolyn Brooks. During the conference, there will be interactive programs for children.

Conference Schedule
November 6, 2006 Medgar Evers College
Theme: Black Solidarity Day
CFP Contact: Provost Dominic Nwasike,

November 7, 2006 LaGuardia Community College
Theme: The African Influence on the Construction of Identity in the Americas
CFP Contact: Raven Blackstone,

November 7, 2006 Kingsborough Community College
Theme: Music and Religion as Marks of Identity in the Cultures of the Americas
CFP Contact: Alfonso Garcia Osuna,

November 8, 2006 Hostos Community College
Theme: Honoring the African Presence in the Americas: A Multidisciplinary Tribute
CFP Contact: Provost Cocco De Filippis,

November 9 Borough of Manhattan Community College
Theme: Griots of the New World
CFP Contact: Joyce Hart,

November 9 York College
Theme: Racial Legacies and Complexities in Culture: Politics and Arts in the Americas
CFP Contact: Laura Fishman,

        This CFP invites submissions describing: (1) panels, (2) performances, (3) round-table discussions, (4) workshops, or (5) abstracts. Proposals may be submitted to the contact person indicated in the conference schedule.

Submission Guidelines
Proposal submissions are limited to one page. Each proposal must include contact information for the individual submitting the proposal: full name, title, institution/company, mail and electronic mail addresses, and phone number. The postmark deadline is Friday, August 25, 2006. In addition, proposals may be sent to or to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, The African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas, Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451. Notification of acceptance will be emailed by Friday, September 29, 2006

Sarah Brennan, M.S.
Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning
Division of Academic Affairs
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, CUNY
Ph.  (718) 518-6609

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