CACE 2023 | African American & African Diaspora Studies

CACE 2023

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The 2023 CACE conference featured the Bridge Building undertaken by Black populations worldwide. Traditional papers, roundtables, and other creative formats highlight and interrogate the ways in which Black peoples throughout the world are joiners, builders, visualizers, educators, activists, planners, and leaders who create, connect, and transform the arts, architecture, environment, healthcare, humanities, literature, social movements and the communities in which we live. As part of this conference, we acknowledge the creative and scholarly legacy of N. Frank Woods, Jr., Emeritus AADS faculty.

CACE 2023 complete program of events:

Tuesday, Feb. 21: 


Opening Remarks

John Z. Kiss, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor D. Noble, “Bridge Builder” (poem)

EUC Alexander



Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Dr. Torren Gatson and Allyson Beatty

EUC Alexander



“The Formation of African Diaspora Studies: Joseph E. Harris and the Howard Model”

Dr. Charles Johnson, North Carolina Central University, Keynote Speaker

EUC Alexander



“Bridge Builders: The Granville County, North Carolina History Project”

Kaila Dollard (UNCC Public History), Allyson Beatty (UNCG Museum Studies), Mr. Eddie McCoy, Ms. Vera Cecelski,

Dr. Omar Ali, moderator

EUC Alexander



“Hysterical Blindness: Or, Why We Don’t Know about African American History”

Dr. Deborah Barnes, International Civil Rights Center and Museum fellow, AADS affiliate

EUC Alexander



Local Project Brings Lynching Past to Light: A Roundtable

Terry Hammond, Karen Skelton, founders and members, Guilford County Remembrance Project

Dr. Rhonda Jones, moderator

EUC Alexander



Black Librarians and Community Engagement: A Roundtable

Nakia Hoskins, Candace Jacobs, Harvey Long, Joan Williams, Juanita Thacker, Carlos Grooms

EUC Alexander



Author Talk with Tyree Daye (with James Daniels, MFA program)

Alumni House


Heavy hors d’oeuvres



Tyree Daye, poetry reading

Alumni House


7:00-9 pm:

Open Mic Poetry with Josephus Thompson III, MC

Curry Auditorium, room 225


Weds. Feb 22:


9:00 am-9:10 am:

Professor Regina McCoy, Associate Provost, Retention and Student Success, Opening Remarks

EUC Kirkland


9:10 am-10:00 am

“‘The Multifaceted Transformation of Black Identity After the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr: SNCC & The Neo-Black Society of UNC Greensboro 1968-1978,” Indira Lessington

Lexi Kier, “Developing a Culturally Inclusive Approach to Electroencephalography (EEG) Measurement in College Students

EUC Kirkland


10:00 am-11:00 am

“From Queen Latifah to Queen Bee: The Evolution of the Feminist Emcee,” Jacqueline Jordan (UPenn)



11:00 am-12:15 pm:

Forms and Freedoms 1: Conversations in African American Literature

“Reparations as Restorative Justice: Creating Conversation through Black Satire,” Brianna K. Yancey (NC A & T), “Still Waiting to Exhale: The Evolving Aesthetics of Black Romance,” Chalyn Smith (NC A & T), “Misplaced Identity in Jamaica Kincaid’s Novel Lucy,” Havalyn Frierson (NC A & T)

EUC Kirkland


12:30-1:45 pm:

“Black feminist dialogues: Reckoning with the joys and struggles of collective visions of transformation and equity in higher education.”

Nancy Maingi  Ngwu (UC Boulder) and Jennifer Pacheco (UC Boulder)



2:00 pm-3:15 pm:

African American Spirituality and Religion: A Conversation

Crystal Thompson, Donald Johnson, Jay Tanner, Glennie Sewell, James Daniels

EUC Kirkland


3:30-3:45 pm:

“The Colored Girl, Beautiful,” Brianna K. Yancey

EUC Kirkland


4:00 pm-4:50 pm: 

“The Equal Justice Initiative: Our Experience Claiming Wake County, NC’s Lynch Victim”: A Teacher-Student Roundtable

Mikhaila Lambert, AADS major, Mr. Matthew Scialdone, Middle Creek High School 

Dr. Noelle Morrissette, facilitator

EUC Kirkland


5:00-5:50 pm:

Forms and Freedoms 2: Conversations in African American Literature and Music

“Keepin it Real: Push and Hip-Hop Feminism,” Tiana Wilder (NC A & T), “‘Aint’ Nothin’ But a Hound Dog’: Barking up Elvis Presley’s Tree with Alice Walker,” Johnnerlyn E. Johnson, (NC A & T)

EUC Kirkland


6-6:50 pm:

Black Music and the Arts Across Latin America: A Roundtable

Dr. Nicole Scalissi, Alexis Durah, Stephanie Fisher-Huynh, Dr. Omar Ali

EUC Kirkland


7-7:50 pm:

Afro-Mexican History and Identity: Starting the Conversation

Karen Salinas, introduced by Geneva Nicholson


Ongoing Exhibits:

  1. Frank Woods, Jr., Redeeming Memories: Portraits of Pioneering African American Artists

Weatherspoon Art Museum, 1005 Spring Garden St., UNC Greensboro

Through March 4, 2023



About CACE: 

Our annual conference, established in 1989 with the first conference taking place in 1990, brings speakers from other institutions nationally, and prizes participation by our undergraduates in the AADS major, who often go on to careers in leadership and advocacy. CACE 2021, our first virtual conference, brought 440 participants from across the nation, with strong representation from the Triad area (including NC A & T and Guilford College) and participation from advocacy groups such as Greensboro Black Child Development, the Center for New North Carolinians, and the Cottage Gardens Tutoring Program, among other local institutions. Students, faculty and staff from across our campus, as well as regional and national partners, participate in a program that is truly interdisciplinary and community minded. 


Special Thanks for CACE 2023


CACE Planning Committee:

Dr. Omar Ali

Mr. Michael Cauthen

Mr. Chris Munster, Program Coordinator

Dr. Hewan Girma

Dr. Janine Jones

Dr. Noelle Morrissette


AADS Student interns:

Drayton Coleman 

Geneva Nicholson  


Office of Intercultural Engagement:

Bri Welsh 

Augusto Peña


University Libraries:  

Ms. Nakia Hoskins

Dr. Rhonda Jones

Ms. Shelbi Webb


University contributors and supporters:

Afro-Latin American/Latinx Studies Project (ALAL)

College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Arts and Sciences Dean John Z. Kiss

Provost’s Fellow for Student Success Regina McCoy

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Debbie Storrs


We are AADS

Dr. Noelle Morrissette, Director

Dr. David Aarons

Dr. Omar Ali

Dr. Deborah Barnes

Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy

Mr. Michael Cauthen

Dr. Sarah Cervenak

Dr. Omari Dyson

Dr. Torren Gatson

Dr. Joseph L. Graves

Dr. Jazmin Graves Eyssallenne

Dr. Hewan Girma

Mr. Dominick Hand

Mr. Gerald Holmes 

Dr. Janine Jones

Dr. Rhonda Jones

Dr. Cerise Glenn Manigault  

Ms. Nodia Mena

Mr. Demetrius Noble

Dr. Elizabeth Perrill

Dr. Neelofer Qadir

Dr. April Ruffin Adams

Dr. Nicole Scalissi

Ms. Heather Schaffer

Ms. Crystal Thompson


Emeritus Faculty:

Dr. N. Frank Woods

Dr. George Dimock, affiliate


Program Coordinators:

Mr. Christopher Munster, AADS Program Coordinator


Program design:

Geneva Nicholson, AADS

Drayton Coleman, AADS