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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Opening Reception: 6:30 PM
Celebrating Africana Cultures at 150 Franklin Street Gallery (150 Franklin St., Harrisonburg)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Registration: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Panel A: 9:00 - 10:30AM

Decolonial Thought and Development
Chair: Dr. Lamont King
Location: Madison Union 304

Social Leadership and Economic Development as a Prerequisite to Meeting Technical Needs
Bradley Striebig, Ph.D., James Madison University

Development in an Era of Peace
Rahul Vohra, James Madison University

Pursuing Decolonizing Research Methodologies: Lessons from My Research 
Anne J. Rotich, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Eurocentricism in the Era of Independence
Dr. Stephen Magu, Hampton University

Panel B: 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Diasporic Spaces, Identities and Cultures
Chair: Dr. Besi Muhonja
Location: Madison Union 304

“Without Designated Heirs”: Challenging Definitions of Authentic Racial Character from Negritude to Migritude
Christopher Ian Foster, Ph.D., James Madison University

Afro-Brazilian Religions Under Discrimination in Brazil
Lilian Feitosa, James Madison University

Creativity as a Signpost of Enlightenment
Robert Goebel, James Madison University

Employing Sports as Catalyst for Transformation Within Africa and the African Diaspora
Emeka Anaza, Ph.D., James Madison University 

Lunch on your own: 12:15 - 1:00 PM

Keynote Lecture: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

"The Marrow is in the Bones: Unearthing African American Women’s History, The Case of Drusilla Dunjee Houston"
Presented by: Dr. Peggy Brooks-Bertram, Co-Founder and President of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc.
Moderated by: Dr. Joanne Gabbin
Location: Madison Union Ballroom

Concurrent Sessions: 2:15 - 3:45 PM

Panel C: Indigenous Spaces, Identities and Cultures
Chair: Dr. Mary Gayne
Location: Madison Union 304

Religion, Culture and Embracing Counseling and Psychotherapy in Kenya
Faith Mueni Masambia, James Madison University

African Mothertongues
Dr. Stephen Magu, Hampton University

Ancestor Veneration in African Cosmology: Reframing How We Think About Ancestral Cult
Ushe Mike Ushe, National Open University, Nigeria

Lost in Translation: Translating Evangelic Messages in indigenous Languages
Beatrice Akoth Sika, Nazarene Language Center of Nairobi


Panel D: Defining Self
Chair: Dr. William Van Norman
Location: Madison Union 305

Dreadlocks in a Few Words
Tori Carroti, James Madison University

Stepping off the Scale: the Measure of Civilization in Isidore Okpewho’s “Call Me by My Rightful Name”
Paige Evans, James Madison University

Closing Reception: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: Madison Union 306

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