Program Schedule

Tuesday, March 21
Harry J. Smith Lecture Smith Hall
Panel Sessions

9:45   Doors Open

10:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Prof. Jennifer Wager, Prof. Rebecca Williams, Conference Co-chairs
Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Stephanie Aisha Steplight Johnson, Dean of Liberal Arts
Prof. William Tooma, Deputy Executive Director, Community College Humanities Association
Dr. Christopher Rivera, Chair, Humanities Division

10:15 Keynote – Nell Painter, Historian, Artist

Dr. Painter is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University. The author of several books, Dr. Painter is a visual artist who lives in Newark.

11:30    Session II – Deconstructing Colonial Africa

“Era Bell Thompson and Richard Wright: Radical Perspectives of Africa,” Dr. Eileen De Freece, Essex County College

Deconstructing the Effects of Hierarchical Structures—Women against Colonialism and Traditional Patriarchy: Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood,” Dr. Nessie Hill, Essex County College

Moderator, Kathy Lee, Independent Scholar

1:00    Session II – Radical Approaches to Women and Film

“She Got the Shot! Documenting Women Cinematographers, a Digital Humanities Project,” Prof. Jennifer Wager, Essex County College

Feminist Inquiry and Female Corporeal Agency in Haifaa al-Mansour’s Wadjda,” Dr. Viral Bhatt, Essex County College

“Women in Media,” Lisa Durden

Moderator: Olive__, Essex County College

Co-sponsored by the Claudia Jones Lecture and Screening Series: Women Leaders in Media and Culture.

End at 2:30 PM – Conference Resumes Wednesday, 3/22 at 10:00 AM in Siegler Lecture Hall


Wednesday, March 22
Siegler Lecture Hall
Panel Sessions

10:00   Session I – Filming History’s Gaps

The Black Eagle of Harlem
Film screening and discussion on the life of aviation pioneer Col. Hubert Fauntleroy Julian.

Prof. and Filmmaker William Tooma, Essex County College

Dr. Akil Kokayi Khalfani, Director, Africana Institute, Essex County College

Najee R. Smith, Artist, Student, Essex County College

Moderator: Prof. William Tooma

Co-sponsored by the Sponsored by the Micheaux/Washington Black Film Series at Essex County College.

11:30    Session II – Reimagining Revolution

“Revolution Through the Lens of the Humanities: Literature, Art and Music 1800s to the Present” Prof. Donna Hill, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York

“The World Turned Upside Down,” Prof. Elizabeth Sanderson, Trinity Christian College, Evanston, IL

“The Kinetics of Our Discontent: Towards a History of Social Arrest,” Dr. Mehmet Döşemeci, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Moderator: Prof. Jina Lee

Conference Resumes Thursday, 3/23 at 10:00 AM in Siegler Lecture Hall


 Thursday, March 23
Siegler Lecture Hall
Panel Sessions

10:00   Session I – Radicalism in Literature

Revolutionary Figures: Transcendentalists of Concord,” Prof. Richard Marranca, Passaic County Community College

“The Classical Radical: Finding the mile in the minutiae, E Pluribus Unum,” Prof. Laura Close, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

Moderator: Prof. Rebecca Williams

1I:30    Session II – History, Fiction, and Rewriting Trauma

“Alternatives to Empire: Social Justice and Historical Memory in Alternate History Fiction,” Prof. Liamog Drislane, Essex County College

“Black Lives Matter: 19th Century Redux,” Prof. Rebecca Williams, Essex County College

1:00    Session III – The Aesthetics of Black Radicalism

Revolution Incarnate: Gwendolyn Brooks and the Assembly of the Radical Black Aesthetic, Matthew Stumpf, Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

“Rooted in Brick: Newark’s Grassroots Politics as ‘Traditional-Radical’ Discourse—Big City Blues…Small Town Strong,” Prof. Eunice Singleton, Essex County College

Moderator: Dr. Eileen De Freece

2:30    Break

6:45    Session IV – 13th

Documentary Film Screening of Ava DuVernay’s 13th
Co-sponsored by the Claudia Jones Lecture and Screening Series: Women Leaders in Media and Culture.

Conference Resumes Friday, 3/24 at 11:30 AM in Smith Lecture Hall


Friday, March 24
Harry J. Smith Lecture Smith Hall

11:30    Session I – Narratives of Revolution

“‘The Show that Never Ends’: Crime Scenes and Communal Narratives in Spike Lee’s Clockers and Chi-Raq,” Brian Plungis, Graduate Student, New York University

The Counter-Culture and Revolution in Films of the New Hollywood (1967-1969),” Prof. Victoria Timpanaro, Essex County College

“Orisa in the Ghetto: A Digital Humanities Project,” Dr. Kaia Niambi Shivers, New York University

Moderator, Prof. Jennifer Wager

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