CACE Annual Conference

Our annual Conference on African American and African Diasporic Cultures and Experiences brings national and international speakers, community partners, and showcases student and alumni participation.

Keynote speakers have included Annette Gordon-Reed, bell hooks, Michael Eric Dyson, Cornel West, and Lenora Fulani. Recent Conference themes include “Bridge Builders: Black Dialogues, Connections, and Transformations” (2023), and “And Still We Rise: Black Spacemaking, Place, and Community” (2022).

February 20 – 23, 2024

“Black Studies Matters, Black Stories Matter!
Black Knowledge Practices, Black Futures”

CACE 2024 addresses the importance of Black Studies and Black Stories. The conference addresses music, poetry, movement and wellness; stories of resilience and Black futures; culture, politics and economics – knowledge as action; and the lively arts. Come learn about Hip Hop and education, walking Black history at UNCG, public history and social justice, environmental movements, farming and food security, geographies and cultures of the diaspora, African American stories in digital media, Black wealth and class struggle, poetry and performance as resistance, and more.

In addition to four keynote events, this year’s conference features traditional papers, panel discussions, roundtables and other creative formats that highlight the processes of Black
Studies and its advocacy for Black stories in higher education and the community at large.

We will see you next year!

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