CONFERENCE SESSION ABSTRACTS

We invite you to submit proposals for presentations for the 27th annual Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) national conference. Join us this fall and share your research on current and future iterations of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American Centers. Workshops are 90-minutes and include three different presentations. This means your institutional presentation may be up to 30 minutes (including time for questions and answers.) Please submit abstract proposals (250-300 words) by August 1, 2018.

Read more

Sub-themes

  • Legacy of Paul & Eslanda Robeson
  • Resisting the Politics of Survival & Thriving
  • Importance of Symbolism (MLK, Trump)
  • Cultural Centers Maintaining Relevance
  • Centers Fighting the Myth of a Color Blind Society
  • Centers Doing the Culture Work of Namesakes
  • Centers Providing Their Role in Student Retention
  • Center’s Ties to the Community
  • Chief Diversity Officers Relationships with Centers
  • “Me Too”: Raising Up the Black Woman
  • Connecting Centers with Academic Departments
  • Intergeneration Connections & Connections to Ethnic-Specific Groups
  • Pathways to Center Directorship

Read less

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

November 1-3, 2018
Co-Hosted with Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Registration Opens: July 15, 2018

The Association for Black Culture Centers is committed to your professional development. We offer workshops at our conferences and book recommendations to help you better understand history and culture. We encourage our members and affiliates to build community among ethnic groups through culture centers at colleges and universities. Together, we can explore the historical and contemporary connections African descended people have with Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Read more

As the only national organization dedicated to African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Multiculture centers and related offices, we’re proud to offer an annual conference. It’s a tradition our association started in 1989 at Knox College. The three-day event co-hosted by one of our institutional members brings together faculty, staff and students from across the country to discuss diversity and identity issues on campus. Attendees benefit from a professional development institute, workshops, plenary sessions and networking opportunities. The conference also features sessions focused on students.

Read less

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite you to submit proposals for presentations for the 27th annual Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) national conference. Join us this fall and share your research on current and future iterations of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American Centers. Workshops are 90-minutes and include three different presentations. This means your institutional presentation may be up to 30 minutes (including time for questions and answers.) Please submit abstract proposals (250-300 words) by August 1, 2018.

Read more

Sub-themes

  • Legacy of Paul & Eslanda Robeson
  • Resisting the Politics of Survival & Thriving
  • Importance of Symbolism (MLK, Trump)
  • Cultural Centers Maintaining Relevance
  • Centers Fighting the Myth of a Color Blind Society
  • Centers Doing the Culture Work of Namesakes
  • Centers Providing Their Role in Student Retention
  • Center’s Ties to the Community
  • Chief Diversity Officers Relationships with Centers
  • “Me Too”: Raising Up the Black Woman
  • Connecting Centers with Academic Departments
  • Intergeneration Connections & Connections to Ethnic-Specific Groups
  • Pathways to Center Directorship

Read less

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Kevin Powell – Activist, Writer & Public Speaker

Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. The product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to a program created by the Civil Rights Movement.

Read more

Kevin has gone on to be a writer who has penned articles, essays, and blogs for a wide range of newspapers and magazines and major websites, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostCNNNPRESPNEssenceEbonyRolling StoneEsquire, and Vibe, where he was a senior writer and founding staff member. Earlier this year, Kevin wrote a British GQ cover story on Black Panther movie co-star Michael B. Jordan, and currently hosts an Apple Podcast called “One on One with Kevin Powell.” Kevin is the author of 13 books, including his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen. His 14th book will be a biography of Tupac Shakur, who Kevin interviewed many times while working for Vibe. Kevin is also a cofounder of BK Nation, a new American organization and website focused on civil and human rights and equal opportunity for all people. In terms of content creation, Kevin is a producer of an upcoming major biopic on the life and times of Frederick Douglass. Additionally, he is one of the producers of “SHE, a Choreoplay,” a major theater production about violence against women and girls, and healing and empowerment, created by his wife Jinah Parker, the dancer, choreographer, and playwright. Kevin and his wife are proud and long-time residents of Brooklyn, New York.

Read less

Susan Robeson – Author, Filmmaker & Professor

Susan Robeson, Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Foundation, is an author, filmmaker and former broadcast journalist. She has produced extensively for public television stations and network affiliates in New York City.

Read more

As executive producer at the PBS television in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Ms. Robeson managed a documentary unit and transformed the station’s second channel into a model for community empowerment and development, with a focus on youth. She designed a nationwide citizen journalism initiative for Timor-Leste’s president – Nobel Peace laureate, Dr. Ramos-Horta – to help foster civic engagement and build democracy in this first new nation of the 21st century. Ms. Robeson has worked with street gangs around the nation documenting efforts to organize peace treaties, and spent time in post-apartheid South Africa training township activists in broadcast-quality video production. Early in her career, she Robeson co-founded Third World Newsreel, an independent film production and distribution collective, and for many years produced LIKE IT IS with Gil Noble on WABC-TV. Susan Robeson has been a visiting professor in African American studies, American studies and film at Macalester College, Carleton College, and Colorado College and is currently a an adjunct in film and communications at William Paterson University and will be a guest lecturer at Rutgers University this fall. Ms. Robeson is the author of the award-winning book, The Whole World In His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson, and a forthcoming children’s book, Grandpa Stops A War (Seven Stories Press). She lives in the New York City area where she is producing her first dramatic feature film and is Executive Director of the Paul Robeson Foundation.

Read less

Dr. Melanye Price – Professor of Africana Studies

Melanye Price is associate professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.  Her research/teaching interests include black politics, public opinion, and social movements.

Read more

Her most recent book, The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political Uses of Race (NYU, 2016) examines the multiple and strategic ways that President Obama uses race to deflect negative racial attitudes and engage with a large cross-section of voters. Her first book, Dreaming Blackness:  Black Nationalism and African American Public Opinion (NYU, 2009) examined contemporary support for Black Nationalism.  Dr. Price completed her B.A. magna cum laude in geography at Prairie View A&M University and her MA and PhD in political science at The Ohio State University. Professor Price previously taught at Wesleyan University and was an inaugural professor for Wesleyan’s College in Prison Program at Cheshire Correctional Facility, a maximum security men’s prison.  She was also the 2017 Black History Month lecturer for US Embassy in Germany where she lectured at universities and community organizations in Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. Professor Price did election commentary for the 2016 election season on Philadelphia’s NBC 10. She was also one of the contributors to Stanley Nelson’s documentary, Obama: Through the Fire, which aired on BET. She has also done political commentary for The New York Times, Ms. Magazine, Hartford Courant, Vox, and NYC and CT Public Radio. 

Read less

Dr. Deborah Gray White – Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History and Author

Deborah Gray White is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is author of the seminal book Ar’n’t I A Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South; Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994; several K-12 text books on United States History, and Let My People Go, African Americans 1804-1860 (1999).

Read more

In 2008, she published an edited work entitled Telling Histories: Black Women in the Ivory Tower, a collection of personal narratives written by African American women historians that chronicle the entry of black women into the historical profession and the development of the field of black women’s history. Freedom On My Mind: A History of African Americans, a co-authored college text, is now in its second edition. As a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C, and as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, White conducted research on her newest book, Lost in the USA: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March.  She holds the Carter G. Woodson Medallion and the Frederick Douglass Medal for excellence in African American history, and was also awarded an Doctorate in Humane Letters from her undergraduate alma mater, Binghamton University. She currently heads the “Scarlet and Black Project” which investigates Native Americans and African Americans in the history of Rutgers University. With Professor Marisa Fuentes she is editor of the 2016 volume: Scarlet and Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History.

Read less

Dr. Amilcar Shabazz – Professor of History

Professor of history and Africana Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies since 2007, Shabazz served as the department’s seventh chair until 2013 to 2016, when he served as Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence. 

Read more

In 2018, he was elected president of the National Council for Black Studies, the premier organization for scholars in Africana/Black Studies. His research and teaching focuses on organized and autonomous political struggles of people of African descent especially in the Americas. His published books include Advancing Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle for Access and Equity in Higher Education in Texas which won the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award and other recognitions, as well as The Forty Acres Documents, one of the earliest scholarly works in the modern movement for reparations for slavery and the racial oppression of people of African descent. 

Read less

ABCC Conference At-A-Glance

Thursday, Nov. 1

9:00 am – 11:00am: Institute Registration

11:30 am – 3:30 pm: Pre-Conference Institute (topic pending)

Lunch Served at 1:00 pm

3:00pm: Conference Check-In Opens

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: ABCC Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members Only)

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Welcome Dinner & Opening Keynote – (Susan Robeson)

Evening On Your Own

Friday, Nov. 2

8:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Welcome remarks from Dr. Edward Ramsamy, Chair of Africana Studies

9:15 am – 10:15 am:  Keynote/Plenary – (Dr. Melanye Price)

10:30 am – 11:45 pm: Concurrent Session I

11:45 am – 1:30 pm: President’s Luncheon and Keynote (Dr. Amilcar Shabazz)

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm: BREAK

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Concurrent Session II

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: State Coordinator Meeting (State Coordinators Only)

4:30pm-6:00pm:  Panel: How Cultural Center Professionals Navigate the Current Climate of Race in America and on College Campuses

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Networking Social, Graduate Program Info Table at Fireside Lounge, Busch Student Center

7:00 pm: Dinner/Night Out: On Your Own– Downtown New Brunswick, NYC, or Philadelphia

Saturday, Nov. 3

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome/Opening Session – Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Salvador Mena

9:30 am – 10:15 am: The Documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart – Presented by Steven G. Fullwood

10:15 am – 11:30 am: Concurrent Session III

11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Concurrent Session IV

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm: Greetings from Dr. James Whitney III, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Lunch – Keynote: Dr. Deborah White

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Concurrent Session V

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Paul Robeson Documentary at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center & ABCC Board of Directors Meeting {Board Members Only}

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Dinner/Closing Banquet – Kevin Powell

8:30 pm – 10 pm: ABCC Closing Social Event – Networking, Games, Music & Snacks at Paul Robeson Cultural Center

ABOUT THE ABCC

The national Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) offers you and your institution professional development opportunities to learn best practices on strengthening African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American and multiculture centers. Our best practices focus on developing synergy among centers, while teaching the historical and contemporary connections Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans have with Africana people. Whether you’re a faculty/staff member or student, we invite you to join our organization. You’ll connect with others at our regional conferences who share your passion for building connections among ethnic groups and increasing understanding of their related history and culture.

Read more

Mission

The ABCC is an organization that seeks to celebrate, promote and critically examine the cultures (ways of life) of the following ethnic groups: African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American. We aim to institutionalize those Centers, including Multiculture Centers, to enhance individual, community and global development. The ABCC expects that increased understanding of history and culture of each ethnic group will lead to authentic integration on campus and in the community. Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans have an historical and contemporary connection with Africana people, and we begin these relationships by focusing on the connections.

History

In early 1988, ABCC founder and Executive Director, Dr. Fred Lee Hord, as the first director of the Center for Black Culture and Research at West Virginia University, introduced the idea of a new organization to promote networking among centers and their institutions at an American Council on Education conference in Washington, D.C. Moving to Knox College, he gained administrative acceptance to host an inaugural national conference. That 1989 conference (at Knox College) was followed by biennial and then annual events.

Infrastructure

The ABCC consists of a national Board of Directors, state and regional coordinators. As our organization’s elected officers, the Board recruits colleges and universities to join the ABCC as institutional members and helps plan conferences to bring faculty, staff, students and community together. The ABCC coordinator in your state serves as your primary contact for all things ABCC. From networking with your center to keeping a list of Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American Centers in your state, these coordinators are vital to growing the ABCC. The ABCC currently has six regions: Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest-East, Midwest-West and Northwest. Regional coordinators reach out to state coordinators in their region, maintain a list of Black, Latino, Asian American and Native American centers in their region and serve as a repository of ABCC information for state coordinators.

Read less

REGISTRATION PRICING
Conference Socials
ACCOMODATIONS/LODGING

We are excited that you are attending the 27th Annual ABCC Conference coordinated by Rutgers University – New Brunswick! Here, we hope you find all of the information you will need foryour trip to New Brunswick & Piscataway, New Jersey.

The conference activities will occur primarily at the Busch Student Center in Piscataway, NJ and there are three recommended conference lodging options. They are as follows:

Rutgers Inn
178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ
732.932.2239 // Contact: Donna Bienstein

Hampton Inn

205 New World Way, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

908-561-2600

Holiday Inn
4701 Stelton Road, South Plainfield, NJ

908-753-5500

Rate: $109 per night

To book this hotel, complete the form below and send to Robert Golembiewski (Corporate Sales Manager of Holiday Inn & Garden Executive Hotel South Plainfield-Piscataway) – robert.golembiewski@friendwell.com 

Download (PDF, 280KB)

Best Western Garden Executive Inn
101 New World Way, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

908-561-4488

Rate: $90 per night

To book this hotel, complete the form below and send to Robert Golembiewski (Corporate Sales Manager of Holiday Inn & Garden Executive Hotel South Plainfield-Piscataway) – robert.golembiewski@friendwell.com 

Download (PDF, 280KB)

TRANSPORTATION

Main Local Airports:

Newark International Airport (EWR) – 30 miles

Laguardia Airpot (LGA) – 50 miles

John F Kennedy (JFK) – 50 miles

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – 76 miles

Train Station:

Northeast Corridor – NJ Transit to the New Brunswick Station (includes Amtrak) – 3.3 miles