Duke University Presents: Black Thought 2.0

I’m at PAXEast for the day, but tomorrow I’m heading down to Duke for this amazing conference:

Black Thought 2.0 Conference: New Media and the Future of Black Studies

April 6-7, 2012
John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies
Duke University
2204 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27708

Sponsored by the Department of African & African American Studies at Duke University,
The John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies, and Left
of Black.

*All Panels will be Streamed and Tweeted Live

Black Thought 2.0 will focus on the roles of digital technology and social media in
furthering the mission of Black Studies. The conference will specifically explore how
scholars are using such technologies to further their research, do collaborative forms of
scholarship and activism, and to reach broader audiences.

Full schedule, read on.

Friday April 6, 2012

John Hope Franklin Center Gallery Space

Keynote Address—7:00 pm
S. Craig Watkins (University of Texas at Austin, author The Young & the Digital)
Introduced by Wahneema Lubiano (Associate Chair of African & African American

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Panel #1 9-10:15 am
The Chocolate Supa Highway: Precursors to Black Social Media
Abdul Alkalimat (University of Illinois)
Michelle Ferrier (Elon University)
Lynne d Johnson (Senior Social Media Strategist R/GA)
Lee D. Baker (Moderator)Panel #2 10:30-11:45
On the Grid: Teaching and Researching in the Digital Age
Allison Clark (Founder AMedia1/HASTAC)
Kim Pearson (College of New Jersey)
Simone Browne (University of Texas-Austin)
Howard Rambsy (Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville)
Thomas DeFrantz (Moderator)

Noon-1:15 | Working Lunch—Social Media Demonstration

Panel #3 1:30-2:45 pm
From Jena Louisiana to Tahrir Square: Activism in the Age of Social Media
Jasiri X (Pittsburg based artist & activist)
Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Broken Beautiful Press/Mobile Homecoming Project)
Crunk Feminist Collective—Moya Bailey (Emory University)
Kimberly Ellis aka Dr. Goddess (artist, activist, historian)
Salamishah Tillett (University of Pennsylvania)

Panel #4 3:00-4:30
The Twitterati and Twitter-gentsia: Social Media and Public Intellectuals
Marc Lamont Hill (Columbia University/Our World with Black Enterprise)
Jay Smooth (Editor of Ill Doctrine)
Blair Kelley (North Carolina State University)
Latoya Peterson (Editor of Racialicious)
Imani Perry (Princeton University)
Mark Anthony Neal (Moderator)

  • Anonymous

    In Arizona, the State Supt of Instruction said that the teacher in the Mexican American Studies department in Tucson were radicalized at the University through Ethnic Studies courses they took. He is considering going after ethnic studies programs in public universities. With funding by ALEC, it is important we not dismiss him (or similar statements) or the possibility that ethnic studies in public universities are at risk.