5th annual black experience summit. Thursday, February 17, 2022 12:30 - 4:30pm

5th Annual Black Experience Summit

Stories of Our Becoming, The Shoulders on Which We Stand

In its fifth year, the Black Experience Summit is an annual event bringing students and scholars across Western Massachusetts together to educate and inspire within the larger mission of Elms College. Our theme this year: “Stories of our Becoming: The Shoulders on which we Stand” explores the multiple histories, and the stories told about those histories, which inform the black experience today—their diversity, their silences and their inextricable link to black liberation and social justice movements.

Gina Athena Ulysse
Gina Athena Ulysse, Ph.D.
Janine Fondon
Janine Fondon
Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Treva Lindsey
Treva B. Lindsey, Ph.D.
Tracy Y. Espy, Ph.D.
Tracy Y. Espy, Ph.D.
Lynn Perry Wooten, Ph.D.
Pilar Egüez Guevara, Ph.D.
Aprell May Munford
Elms President Dr. Dumay
Harry Dumay, Ph.D.


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12:30pm — Welcome Jennifer Shoaff, Ph.D.

12:35-12:50pm — Opening Remarks Harry Dumay, Ph.D. (President, Elms College)

12:50-1:45pm — Opening Keynote Address

Gina Athena Ulysse, Ph.D. is a Haitian-American feminist artist-anthropologist and professor of Feminist Studies at University of California Santa Cruz, California. Her opening keynote address is entitled “Free Falling and Finding Self: Meditations on Blackness and Rasanblaj.”

1:45-1:55pm — Break

1:55-2:40pm — Interactive Panel: “The Art of Storytelling”

Invited Panelists, Pilar Eguez Guevara, Ph.D., Janine Fondon, and Aprell May Munford will be speaking with Elms undergraduate and graduate student about “The Art of Storytelling” and why historicity–the stories we tell about history–is so central to black experiences.

2:40-3:25pm — Presidential Panel: “Lifting as We Climb”

In our Presidential Panel, “Lifting as we Climb,”
Harry Dumay Ph.D., MBA, will moderate a discussion on their respective journeys with three esteemed guests: Tracy Espy, Ph.D., President of Mitchell College; Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., President of Western New England University, and Lynn Wooten, Ph.D., President of Simmons University.

3:25-3:30pm — Break

3:30-4:30pm — Closing Keynote Address

Treva B. Lindsey Ph.D. of Ohio State University. A black feminist historian and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University. Her keynote address is entitled “Witness and Witnessing: The Archive of Black Freedom Struggles.”

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