Conference features renowned participants

Conference features renowned participants

URBANA – Two nationally known writers will deliver the keynote talks at a conference hosted by the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois. It opens today and runs through Saturday on the UI campus and is free and open to the public.

"Rupture, Repression and Uprising: Raced and Gendered Violence Along the Color Line," explores the continued local, national and global legacies of a history of violence in America, particularly in the past 40 years.

The first keynote, co-sponsored by George A. Miller Committee Programs, will be delivered by poet and American Book Award winner Sonia Sanchez at 7:30 p.m. today at the Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., U. The talk is titled "Defiant Trespass: Lessons from the Black Arts Movement."

The second, "Black to the World: Internationalism and the Struggle for African-American Liberation," will be given by scholar and author Gerald Horne, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor and Chair of History and American Studies at the University of Houston, at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Illini Union Room 407.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference features presentations by more than 75 panelists, among them Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune editorial board member and columnist Clarence Page, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington, writer and The Crisis editor Jabari Asim and Case Western Reserve Professor Rhonda Williams. They will speak between 10:30 a.m. and noon Friday in Illini Union Room 407.

Also, Author James Loewen will talk about his work on "Sundown Towns" at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Illini Union Room 314B.

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