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Fisher Friday @ NAAAS Regional Conference

Fisher and Nazareth College will co-host the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates regional conference. Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 5.

Date: October 4, 2019 - October 4, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Various Locations

Hosted by NAAAS

The three-day conference will explore a wide array of diversity-related topics under the theme, “Creating Racial Justice in the 21st Century.” The National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS) brings together scholars and community organizations to discuss a broad range of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics that center the African, African-American, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous Peoples, and Asian/APIA experiences across disciplines.

Faculty and staff from Fisher and Nazareth have joined together to organize and host the conference, led by co-chairs Dr. Arlette Miller Smith, associate professor of African American Studies and English at Fisher, and Dr. Lisa Durant-Janes, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor at Nazareth.


Fisher will host Friday's events and workshops, which feature a special set of programming exploring the life and work of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Those programs include a discussion led by Dr. Timothy Kneeland and a performance by AKWAABA titled, “Family and the Freedom Struggle: Perspectives from Frederick Douglass, Anna Murray Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth, and Betsy Bailey.” Dr. Carolyn Vacca, Fisher professor and Monroe County historian will moderate a panel conversation that features Deborah Hughes, CEO of the Susan B. Anthony House; David Shakes and Barbara Blaisdell, historical actors and scholars; and muralist Shawn Dunwoody and sculptor Olivia Kim, both of whom have created works that commemorate Douglass. At 6:15 p.m., Dr. Ann Marie Fallon, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will host a Dean's Reception in the O'Keefe Ross Gallery in the Skalny Welcome Center.

NAAAS Conference Schedule [pdf]

Conference proceedings on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 5 take place at Nazareth College. Register for the conference online or email for more information.