Nalo Hopkinson

University of California, Riverside

Professor of Creative  Writing

Keynote Speaker

"Speculative Fiction and Sankoferation:

Re-imagining the Past to Repair the Future."

10th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

African, African American & Diaspora (AAAD)

Theme: “Black Temporalities: Past, Present, and Future.” Ranging across topics from oral history to Afrofuturism, the conference will bring together a group of scholars from a wide variety of overlapping and intersecting fields.

February 20 - 22, 2020

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA 22802


Nalo Hopkinson

University of California, Riverside

Professor of Creative  Writing

Keynote Speaker

"Speculative Fiction and Sankoferation:

Re-imagining the Past to Repair the Future."

Bethany Nowviskie

James Madison University

Dean of Libraries

Featured Speaker

“Otherwise (,) an Archive”

Noelle Chaddock

Bates  College

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Africana Literatures &

Cultures Workshop

"The Politics of Being Offended”

Alex Gil

Columbia University

Digital Scholarship Librarian

Featured Workshop

“Nimble Tents for a Mobilized Humanities, or, Mobilizing Humanities Scholarship and Collectives in Critical Times”

Modern Building


Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

Official Hotel of JMU

710 S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | (540) 564-0220|

Hotel Madison

Online Group Code AAAD20 or call 540-564-0200

Direct link


Courtyard by Marriott Harrisonburg

1890 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | (540) 432-3031|

Courtyard by Marriott Harrisonburg


DoubleTree by Hilton Harrisonburg

1400 E Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | (540) 433-2521|

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrisonburg


Hampton Inn Harrisonburg – University

85 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | (540) 432-1111|

Hampton Inn Harrisonburg


Residence Inn by Marriott Harrisonburg

1945 Deyerle Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | (540) 437-7426|

Residence Inn by Marriott Harrisonburg

Hands Holding a Map


UberEats: Delivery from a variety of restaurants & fast-food


Golden Pony: Specializing in scratch-made American cuisine.

Pinball machines, art gallery, outdoor patio, two full bars, & live music.




Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

80 S Main St. Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Menu:


Billy Jack's: Wings, chili cheese fries & a variety of craft beers.

92 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Menu:


Jimmy Madison's: Southern cooking & robust whiskey list.

121 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Menu:


Clementine: Live music, art & trivia at this funky bi-level lounge.

153 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 Menu:


Capital Ale House

41-A Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA  Menu:


MORE: THE 10 BEST Restaurants in Harrisonburg 2019 - TripAdvisor

7:45 - 8:30 am

8:20 am

Panel Session  I

8:45 -10:15 am

Panel Session  II

10:30-12:00 pm

12:00-1:00 pm

1:00-3:45 pm

4:00  pm

6:00-9:00  pm


Event Schedule

Thursday, February 20, 2020


Registration & Breakfast 

Student Success Center 1075



Official Opening

Robert Aguirre, Dean, College of Arts and Letters



Session Panel 1aMadison Hall 4010Pan-Africanism, Afrocentrism, and Transnational Ties

Moderator: Madeline Marsh, James Madison University


Kofi Akpabli, Central University, Ghana

“Visitors without Borders?: Concords and Discords among National Communities in the Visitors’ Books”


Brenda Bowman, Independent Scholar

“Unlocking Opportunities: Gender Diversity in Frontier and Emerging Economies”


Katey Castellano, James Madison University

“Provision Grounds Against the Plantation: Robert Wedderburn’s The Axe Laid to Root (1817)”


Emmanuella Amoh, Purdue University

"‘Garvey in Africa’: African Americans and Kwame Nkrumah’s African Personality”




Session Panel 1b. Madison Hall 4026Decoloniality and Afrofuturism at Akilah: Reclaiming Culture, Language, and Identity

Panel sponsored by the Akilah Institute/Davis College, Rwanda & JMU Working Group on Rwanda

Moderator: Ariel Jagusztyn, Davis College

Cristi Ford, Akilah Institute and Davis Education

Jeanine L. Williams, University of Maryland Global Campus

Ariel Jagusztyn, Davis College

Session Panel 1cMadison Hall 2001Afrolatinidad and Temporalities of Erasure

Panel sponsored by Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies Minor, James Madison University

Moderator: Allison Fagan, James Madison University


Kristen McCleary, James Madison University

“Erasing and Distorting Blackness in Argentina:

Representations of Afro-Argentines in Tango, Popular Theater, and Carnival, 1880 to 1920”


Pablo José López Oro, University of Texas at Austin 

"Garifuna New Yorkers: Hemispheric Entanglements of Black Indigeneity and AfroLatinidad"


Valnora Leister, James Madison University

“Brazil and Portuguese-Speaking Africa”


Session Panel 1dMadison Hall 2069Bridging Difference, Building Understanding: The Power of Faculty Exchange and Partnership

Panel sponsored by the College of Education, James Madison University

Moderator: Michelle D. Cude, James Madison University

Michelle D. Cude, James Madison University

Florence Kisirkoi, Maasai Mara University, Kenya

Lankeu Reson, Maasai Mara University, Kenya

Augustine Muchiri Kara, Maasai Mara University, Kenya

Lisa Schick, James Madison University



Panel Session 2aMadison Hall 4026Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Moderator: David Bohn, James Madison University 


Ardyn Tennyson, James Madison University

“Tragic Muses and ‘Fancy Girls’: Challenging 19th Century Narratives of Passivity in Trethewey’s Bellocq’s Ophelia”


Nathan Alexander Moore, University of Texas at Austin

“Past, Present, and Suture: Memory, Possibility, and the Symbolic Landscape of the Black Body in the work of Athi-Patra Ruga”


Ángela Castro, Colorado College

“The Palimpsestic Afro-Panamanian Woman in Melanie Taylor’s Camino a Mariato”


Karen Wallace, Educator and Independent Scholar

“Black Girls Matter”


Panel Session 2b. Madison Hall 2001Legacies of Colonialism, Slavery, and Racial Injustices 

Moderator: Besi Muhonja, James Madison University


Jamie Phlegar, James Madison University

“Reproductive Injustices of Slavery”


Chavonté Wright, Indiana University, Bloomington

“A Historically Black Space in a Predominantly White Place: Black Interiority & Mental Flourishing”


Bella Vilakazi, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

“A Social Justice Analysis of Feedback”


Ojo Oyeyemi Afolabi, Rhodes University, South Africa

“The ‘Natives’ Entirely Left out in the Cold”: Reflections on Rural Healthcare Service in Colonial Nigeria”


Panel Session2c. Student Success Center 4049The Future of Security in the DRC: Challenges and Wider Impacts

Moderator: Frances Flannery, James Madison University

Yven Yenda Ilunga, James Madison University

Rodrigue Makelele, Eastern Mennonite University

Mike Brislen, James Madison University

Frances Flannery, James Madison University


Panel Session2d. Madison Hall 4010Exploring African American Experiences at the ICI

Panel sponsored by the Institute of Creative Inquiry, James Madison University 

Moderator: Erica Cavanagh, James Madison University 


Vanessa Rouillon, James Madison University

“Albert R. Lee, ‘A Man of Substance, One of Illinois’ Finest Traditions’”


Nicole Jenkins, James Madison University

“Songs of Vienna”


Bryana Moore, James Madison University

“JMU Through Living Color





Lunch Student  Success  Center 1075


AAAD Senior Research Experience Presentations. Madison Hall  2001

Jessica Carter“Hungry Like the Wolf: Masculinity and Melancholia in Yasmina Khadra’s Wolf Dreams”

Qyaira Colbert, “Furious Flower Poetry Center: A Beacon of Black Excellence”

Zaria Heyward, “Black Firsts at James Madison University”

Lillie Jacob, “Quareness and Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer”

Ryland Jones, “Structure and Format in Tyehimba Jess' Poetry”

Spencer Law, “Passive Resistance in Massive Resistance: Desegregation Busing in Harrisonburg, VA”

Madalyn Peyton,” A Change Through Time: Activism, Emotion & The Black Lives Matter Movement”

Trey Wilson, “Innovative Strategies: Financial Literacy for Young African American Males”

Zenobia Lee-Nelson, “Ain’t I a Woman, Still: Black Directed Femicide in the United States”



Africana Literatures and Cultures Workshop Madison Union 306

Noelle Chaddock, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Bates College

“The Politics of Being Offended”

Moderator: Beth Hinderliter, James Madison University



Cultural Night @ the Golden Pony. 181 Main St.


7:45 - 8:30 am

Panel Session  III

8:45 -10:15 am

10:30 - 11:30 am

11:30 - 12:30 pm

Panel Session  IV

12:30-2:00 pm

Panel Session  V

2:15 -3:45 pm

4:00 pm

Event Schedule

Friday, February 21, 2020


Registration & Breakfast 

Student Success Center 1075



Session Panel 3a. Madison Hall 4010, Black Bodies and Agency in Film

Moderator: Sofia Samatar, James Madison University


Reg Zehner, Columbus College of Art and Design

“Phantom Geographies: The Spatial Haunting of Black Characters in Film”


John Albrite, James Madison University

“‘I’ll Be Seeing You Real Soon’: The Star Body as Temporal Disruptor in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013)”


Forkan Ali, University of Sydney, Australia

“Painful Pictures of the Black Body, History and Memory through the novel Beloved, the film Green Book, and #BlackLivesMatter Movement”

Session Panel 3b. Madison Hall 4026Conflict and Trauma

Moderator: Melinda Adams, James Madison University

Ellie Vilakazi, Independent Scholar

“Intermediating Politics through Subjectivity in Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntukela Kuzwayo by Redi Thlhabi”


Christopher Appiah-Thompson, University of Newcastle, Australia

“Peace, Conflict, and Governance in African Religions, Philosophy and Political Practices”


Christian Fryer-Davis, CUNY

“Powerful Women in Rwanda: Rewriting Genocide Narration from a Female Perspective”


Jesse Bucher, Roanoke College

“Redressing the Past: Critical Histories of Steve Biko’s Death in Detention”

Session Panel 3c. Madison Hall 2001Comics, Digital Scholarship, and Innovative Methodologies

Moderator: Howard Carrier, James Madison University

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, University of Massachusetts-Boston

“The Computational Gwendolyn Brooks & Black Digital Poetics”

Alex Gil, Columbia University

“Un-doubling Voice in Speculative Archives: The Double Recovery of Aimé Césaire’s ‘…et les chiens se taisaient’”

Brian Flota, James Madison University

“We Should be Proud of Our Black Heritage!” The Radical Intervention of Bertram’s A. Fitzgerald’s Early Black Comic Books”

Kwame Otu, University of Virginia


“Toxic Subjectivities: Racial Capitalism on an E-waste Dump in Neoliberal Ghana”

Session Panel 3d. Madison Hall 4000Black Women in the Sciences: Life, Leadership, and Innovation. 

Roundtable discussion sponsored by Sisters in Session.

Moderator: Oris Griffin,  James Madison University 

Iona Black, James Madison University

Cheryl Talley, Virginia State University

Adrienne Giles, James Madison University

Modjadji Choshi, James Madison University

Hatajai A. Lassiter, James Madison University


Session Panel 3e. Madison Hall 2069, Curating from Within: A Pan-Africanist Pedagogical Approach to University Education

Panel sponsored by the Africa Leadership University, Rwanda

Moderator: Neil Marrin, James Madison University

Mwata Chisha, African Leadership University, Rwanda

Chara Itoka, African Leadership University, Rwanda

Stephanie Wanga, African Leadership University, Rwanda

Garnett Achieng, African Leadership University, Rwanda

Smangaliso Areal Thembela Mbili, African Leadership University, Rwanda

Gugulethu Violet Dube, African Leadership University, Rwanda



Featured Speaker Madison Union Ballroom

Bethany Nowviskie, Dean of Libraries, James Madison University. “Otherwise(,) an Archive” 

Moderator: McKinley Melton, Gettysburg College & Furious Flower Poetry Center,  James Madison University



Lunch Student Success Center 1075

Session Panel 4a. Student Success Center 4049, Critical Perspectives on Independence and Development in Africa

Moderator: Jennifer Coffman, James Madison University 


Gnimbin A. Ouattara, Brenau University

“Africa in the Declarations of Independence of America, Liberia, Congo, and Cote d’Ivoire”


Umeme Sababu, University of Edinboro

“Cuba’s Intervention in Southern Africa Liberation Movements: The Odyssey of Angola and Namibia’s Independence”


M.M Fadakinte, University of Lagos, Nigeria

“Africa and the Crisis of Development: Reflections on Colonial Legacies”


Michael Gubser, James Madison University

“Zambia’s ‘Missing Narrative’ of Economic Reform”

ONI, Oluwafemi Olatunji, Lagos City Polytechnic, Nigeria

“An Indigenous Education Policy as the Panacea for Africa’s Development: the Nigeria Case Study”



Session Panel 4bMadison Hall 2069, Perspectives on Race, Place, and Space

Moderator: Steven Reich, James Madison University


Ophera A. Davis, Independent Scholar

“Past and Future: The Memory, Resilience, and Recovery of Mississippi Hurricane Katrina Black Women Survivors” 


Blair M. Proctor, SUNY New Paltz

“Race, Place, and Urban Renewal in New Orleans: From Plessy through Katrina”


John C. Finn, Christopher Newport University; Jakira Silas, Asia Farmer, and Dominique Ardis, Christopher Newport University

“Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century”


Paula D. Royster, Independent Scholar

“Decolonizing Visual Cultural Productions of Racial Bias in Cartography”


Session Panel 4c. Madison Hall 4026, Black Geographies: Space, Place, and Power in the African Diaspora

Panel sponsored by the Department of Justice Studies, James Madison University

Moderator: Case Watkins, James Madison University


Mary Hicks, Amherst College

“Black Cosmopolitan Geographies in the Maritime South Atlantic”


Alex Moulton, Clark University, Middle Tennessee State University 

“‘The north of the peaks remaining untouched by ordinary negroes, who have had hitherto a traditional dread of the Maroons.’: The Environmental Effects and Histories of Jamaica’s Maroons.”

Levi Van Sant, George Mason University

“Conservation Easements and Plantation Geographies in the Coastal US South”

Case Watkins, James Madison University 

“Recognizing and Amplifying Geographies of Resistance in the African Diaspora”


Session Panel 4d. Student Success Center 4047, Inclusive Practices in Faculty Peer-Mentoring Relationships (Roundtable)

Angela Webb, James Madison University

Liz Edwards, James Madison University

Shin Ji Kang, James Madison University



Session Panel 5a Madison Hall 2069, Mediating the Past/Present and Local/Global

Moderator: Sharon Cote, James Madison University


Luke Williams, Stanford University

“To Do Jis’ So: Temporal Embodiment in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man”

Chiara Corazza, University of Bologna, Italy

“Constructing a Black Future: The Dialogue Between the ‘New Negro’ and Gandhian Nonviolence”

Massa Lemu, Virginia Commonwealth University

“The Malawian Dugout Canoe is ‘Text’”

Iesha (Denize LeDeatte), Peach Mango Maverick 

“Our Voices…Need Another Language”




Session Panel 5b. Madison Hall 4026, Trauma and Healing

Moderator: David Babcock, James Madison University


Clarence W. Tweedy, University of Mary Washington

“Resistance and Redemption: (Re)memory and Trauma in Chesya Burke’s Let’s Play White”

Renee Barlow, Tarleton State University

“Redefining Trauma as Communal Legacy in Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad”

Tracey Wang, University of Virginia

“She and they and the abundant foliage”: Recovering Childhood Play and Queer Ecologies in Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night


Robert O. Goebel, James Madison University 

“Time Healeth All Wounds? Methinks Not”




Session Panel 5c Student Success Center 4049, Black Women’s Representation

Panel sponsored by the Department of Political Science & the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, James Madison University

Moderator: Melinda Adams, James Madison University


Jamil Scott, Georgetown University

“Is She On the List: Understanding the Role of Women Campaign Funding Groups in State Level Politics”


Kenicia Wright, University of Central Florida

“All Women Impacted Unequally: Social Capital and Minority Female Representation in the US”


Jatia Wrighten, James Madison University 

“An Examination of Leadership, Black Women, and State Legislatures”


Kristin Wylie, James Madison University

“The New Marielles? Intersectional Implications of Outrage for Political Ambition” (with Malu Gatto, University College London)




Session Panel 5d Madison Hall 4000, Book Discussion: Antagonizing White Feminism: Intersectionality’s Critique of Women’s Studies and the Academy

Roundtable sponsored by the School of Art, Design, and Art History, James Madison University

Moderated and Presented by the Book’s Editors: Noelle Chaddock, Bates College, and Beth Hinderliter, James Madison University




Keynote Speaker 

Madison Hall Presentation Room

Nalo Hopkinson, Professor of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside 

"Speculative Fiction and Sankoferation: Re-imagining the Past to Repair the Future"

Moderator: Sofia Samatar, James Madison University

7:45 - 8:30 am

Panel Session  VI

8:45-10:15 am

10:15 - 12:30 pm

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Panel Session  VII

1:45-3:15 pm

Panel Session  VIII

3:30-5:00  pm

7:00 pm

Event Schedule

Saturday, February 22, 2020



Registration & Breakfast 

Student Success Center 1075



Panel Session 6a. Madison Hall 2069Afrofuturisms

Moderator: Sofia Samatar, James Madison University

McKinley E. Melton, Gettysburg College

“Spoken Worlds: Contemporary Poetry, Afrofuturism, and the Creative Impulse”


Christopher Allen Varlack, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

“Hokum and Hack Work of the Purest Vein”:

Inquiries into Black Nationalism and Race Pride in George Schuyler’s Afrofuturist Satire, Black Empire”

Mollie Godfrey, James Madison University

“Getting Graphic with Kindred: The Neo-Slave Narrative of the Black Lives Matter Movement”

Torin Dru Alexander, Winston-Salem State University

“Afrofuturism and Africana Religion”


Panel Session 6b. Madison Hall 2001The Transnational Geographies of African Literatures in Iberian Languages

Moderator: Mahan L. Ellison, Bridgewater College 

Debra Faszer-McMahon, Seton Hill University

“Feminist Poetics from the Maghreb: Global Migrations and Amazigh Cultural Voices in Spain”

Mahan L. Ellison, Bridgewater College

“Somewhere Between Africa and Europe: Postcolonial Geographies in Marlow’s Porter /Black Song without Color by César Mba Abogo”


Lizely Lopez, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

“Space and Travel in a Transnational Context: Paloma Loribo's Momentos fugaces”

Victoria Ketz, La Salle University

“Añorando la tierra dejada: Imágenes en la poesía de Khédija Gadhoum”



Panel Session 6c. Student Success Center 4046  Diasporic Memory in the United States’ Past and Present

Panel sponsored by the Cohen Center for the Humanities

Moderator: Corey A. Hickerson, James Madison University

Will Stanley, James Madison University

“Liberty to Slaves: Resistance, Religion, and Bondage in the 1739 Stono Rebellion”

Alex Brooks, James Madison University

“Under Cover of Lightness: The Antebellum Social Navigation of American Mulattoes”

Marina Shafik, James Madison University

“Neo-Passing: An Application of Nella Larsen's Passing to Modern-Day Code Switching”

Kevin Leaven, James Madison University

“Misfit with Many Masks”



Panel Session 6d. Student Success Center 4047,  Sudan in Transition

Panel sponsored by the Humanitarian Affairs Minor, James Madison University

Moderator: Tara Parsons, James Madison University

Daniel Beers, James Madison University

“Complexities of a Changing Political Climate”

Kenique Brown, Amy Powell, and Laura Greene, James Madison University

“Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan”

Hager Ahmad, Sudanese Community Organization of Harrisonburg

“Sudanese Refugee Resettlement”

Susannah Hosay, James Madison University

“Documenting the Stories of Local Sudanese Refugees”





Featured Workshop  

Student Success Center 1075

Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Columbia University

“Nimble Tents for a Mobilized Humanities, or, Mobilizing Humanities Scholarship and Collectives in Critical Times”

Sponsored by James Madison University Libraries

Moderator: Bethany Nowviskie, James Madison University




Lunch  Student Success Center 1075





Panel Session 7a. Student Success Center 4042 The African Notebook: Afrofuturistic Elements in College History Courses

Moderator: Latif A. Tarik, Elizabeth City State University

Latif A. Tarik, Elizabeth City State University

“The African Notebook: Afrofuturistic Elements in College History Courses"

Clarence Lusane, Howard University

“Tell Me a Story Baba: Black Panther and Wakanda’s Foreign Policy in the Age of Neo-Liberalism”

Alexis Rhodes, Marquette University

“Time Travel and Black Disposability: Re-examining the 'Strong Black Woman' Narrative in the Netflix Film, See You Yesterday" 

Kimberly Smith, Elizabeth City State University

“The Power of the Black Vampire in Octavia Butler’s Fledgling” 



Panel Session 7b. Student Success Center 4043Gender Norms and Conceptions of Masculinity and Femininity

Moderator: Courtney Swartzentruber, James Madison University

Abena Kwatemaa Karikari, University of Ghana

“‘Watching the Stomach’: The Experience of Infertility in the Social Media Age”

Abena Kwatemaa Karikari, University of Ghana, and Akua Bobson

 “It is her Womb that is not Working”: A Literary Analysis of Gender Differences in the Approach to Infertility in Africa”

Antony Mukasa, Chuka University, Kenya

“Post-Colonial Urban Masculinity as a Tragic Mode: Peter Kimani’s Before the Rooster Crows”

Tessa Crosby, James Madison University

“Fallen from Grace: Glamour and Politics in Post-Independence Zimbabwe”



Panel Session 7cStudent Success Center 4047, The Power in Our Vision: Africana Women in the Arts

Roundtable sponsored by Sisters in Session, James Madison University 

Moderator: Amy Lewis, Michigan State University & James Madison University 

Nicole Jenkins, James Madison University

Miracle Oromena Ogbor, James Madison University

Diane Phoenix-Neal, James Madison University

Patrick Oswald, James Madison University

Amy Lewis, Michigan State University & James Madison University


Panel Session 7d. Student Success Center 4046 Race and Institutional Justice

Panel sponsored by the Department of Justice Studies, James Madison University

Moderator: Taimi Castle, James Madison University

Taimi Castle, James Madison University

“‘Cops and the Klan:’ Police Disavowal of Risk and Minimization of Threat from the Far Right”

Gianluca De Fazio, James Madison University

“‘Lynching as State-Sanctioned Racial Terrorism: Evidence from Virginia’s History of Racial Oppression’”

Benjamin Meade, James Madison University

“Reflections on Teaching a Prison Scholars Course”


Panel Session 7eMadison Hall 4000Highlife & Afrobeat Music Composers Workshop  DC Highlife Stars






Panel Session 8a. Student Success Center 4042, African/African-American Identity in the 21st Century

Moderator: Benita Dix, James Madison University

Pierre Mbala, James Madison University 

Trent Pace, James Madison University 

Kyel Towler, James Madison University 


Panel Session 8bStudent Success Center 4043, Workshop: “Edu-LARP for Change: Engaging Afrofuturistic Speculation Through Life Action Game Play”

Micknai Arefaine, Independent Scholar


Panel Session 8cStudent Success Center 4046 

Preserving the Past and Shaping the Future of Black Poetry with the Furious Flower Poetry Center’s Digital Archive

Panel sponsored by JMU X-Labs, James Madison University

Moderator: Mollie Godfrey, James Madison University

Mary Beth Cancienne, James Madison University

David Hardy, James Madison University

Kate Morris, James Madison University

Lillie Jacob, James Madison University

Ryland Jones, James Madison University

Spencer Law, James Madison University


Panel Session 8d. Student Success Center 4047

Conceptualizing Gender Equity, Rehabilitation, Reconciliation, and Modernism through a Study Abroad to Rwanda

Panel Sponsored by the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation Management, James Madison University

Neil Marrin, James Madison University

Lexi Swinimer, James Madison University

Ryan Chesler, James Madison University

Elizabeth DeCorte, James Madison University

Brian Levy, James Madison University





DC Highlife Stars, Benefit Concert for Resources to Resources (R2R)  @  The  Golden Pony 181 N. Main St

Sponsored by the Office of Access and Inclusion, Center for Civic Engagement, College of Arts & Letters, Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies, Dept. of English, Dept. of Justice Studies, the School of Media Arts and Design, the Humanitarian Student Association, and GIVE Volunteers. 

David Babcock

Conference Convener

Ardyn Tennyson

Graduate Coordinator

John Albrite

Graduate Coordinator


Dr. Besi Muhonja and Dr. Mollie Godfrey

Coordinators for African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD)

Conference Committee

Rose Gray

Angela Carter

Aderonke Adesanya

Andrew Witmer

Bayo Ogundipe

Beth Hinderliter

Brooks Hefner

Case Watkins

Daniel Beers

David Owusu-Ansah

Dolores Flamiano

Erica Cavanagh

Gianluca De Fazio

Jennifer Coffman

Joanne Gabbin

Lamont King

Lauren Alleyne

Melinda Adams

Morgan Smalls

Sofia Samatar

Steve Reich

Talé Mitchell

Venus Miller

AAAD undergraduate interns 

Qyaira Colbert

Jenna Conrades

Kofi Karikari

Spencer Law

Technical/AV Coordinator

Rob Austin Porter

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