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Making African America Symposium: Day 1
Friday, March 5, 2021
3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
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Making African America Symposium: Day 1
College of Arts and Humanities
Friday, March 5, 2021
3:30 pm-6:00 pm 

The Making African America symposium brings together scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be black in the United States. The symposium will be held on six days in March, 2021. View schedule.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, March 5, 2021

3:30 p.m. EST | Remembering Ira Berlin and Welcome Remarks

  • Kevin Young, National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Bonnie Thornton Dill, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Lonnie G. Bunch III, Smithsonian Institution
  • INTRODUCTIONS: Julie Greene, University of Maryland, College Park


Dis-Locations, Dis-Possessions—On Borders, Walls, Nations

  • Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University 

5:00 p.m. EST | Session 1: African American/American African Encounters 

Introducing the methods and theories employed by scholars to understand the African diaspora, this session will explore both historical and contemporary migrations. Panelists will also consider the relationships and encounters between African Americans and African diasporic immigrants.

  • Msia Kibona Clark, Howard University
  • Joshua Guild, Princeton University
  • Cynthia A. Young, Pennsylvania State University
  • CHAIR: Nancy R. Mirabal, University of Maryland, College Park


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