The Institute's Conferences & Public Dialogues

Since 1993, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies has sponsored a series of public programs bringing prominent scholars, artists, public officials and activists in dialogue before a general audience of students, faculty, staff and community participants on the Morningside Heights campus. A short list of individuals who have lectured or spoken on Columbia’s campus has included:
 

Kweisi Mfume, Chief Executive Officer, NAACP; Angela Y. Davis, black feminist scholar, prison rights activist; university professor; John Hope Franklin; noted historian and head of former President Bill Clinton's Race Initiative; bell hooks, feminist theorist and writer; Sonia Sanchez, poet and political activist; Cornel West, best selling author of Race Matters; university professor; Hugh Price, former Executive Director, National Urban League; Cheddi Jagan, former President of Guyana; the late June Jordan, poet, scholar and essayist; Beverly Guy-Sheftall, director of Women's Studies at Spelman College; the late Ossie Davis, award winning actor & political activist; Benjamin Muhammad (formerly Benjamin Chavis), Minister of Temple No. 7, Nation of Islam; Mira Nair, Academy Award winning director, producer, writer & university professor.

 
Beginning in 1993-1994, the Institute has also sponsored a series of conferences focusing on significant issues and debates that are central to contemporary black America. Each conference solicits papers from leading scholars in specific research areas, as well as contributions from public officials, community leaders and policy makers.


JOSEPHINE BAKER: A CENTURY IN THE SPOT LIGHT
IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF JOSEPHINE BAKER
Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st, 2006
Barnard College [116th Street & Broadway]

 

 

     For Pre-Register at http://www.josephinebaker2006.com/

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 – ALTSCHUL ATRIUM – BARNARD COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY


6:00PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS – “THE INTELLIGENT BODY AND EROTIC SOUL OF JOSEPHINE BAKER”
MARGO JEFFERSON
, PULITZER PRIZE-WININING CRITIC, AUTHOR – WRITING DIVISION – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

7: 00PM “HOOFER’S HOUSE” PRESENTED BY THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM
HOSTED BY RASHIDA BUMBRAY, ASSISTANT CURATOR, THE KITCHEN

8:00 PM RECEPTION



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 — SULZBERGER PARLOR, HELD AUDITORIUM – BARNARD COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

9:00AM
COFFEE

9:45AM OPENING REMARKS
KAIAMA L. GLOVER
, FRENCH, AFRICANA STUDIES – BARNARD COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

10:00AM PANEL I – A PRESET STAGE
CHAIR: SERGE GAVRONSKY, FRENCH – BARNARD COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

“SYNESTHETIC RHYTHMS: AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND DANCE THROUGH PARISIAN EYES”
TERRI GORDON
, COMPARATIVE LITERATURE – THE NEW SCHOOL

“THE NEW WOMAN AND THE NEW EMPIRE: JOSEPHINE BAKER AND CHANGING IDEAS OF FEMININITY IN INTERWAR FRANCE”
TYLER STOVALL
, HISTORY – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

“THROUGH A LOVER’S EYES AND A CULTURE’S DESIRE: JOSEPHINE BAKER AND THE ART OF PAUL COLIN”
NOLIWE ROOKS
, AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

11.45 AM COFFEE

12.00 PM PANEL II – BAKER’S CRAFT
CHAIR: MONICA MILLER, ENGLISH, AFRICANA STUDIES – BARNARD COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

“WHOSE CHOREOGRAPHY? JOSEPHINE BAKER AND THE QUESTION OF (DANCE) AUTHORSHIP”
ANTHEA KRAUT
, DANCE – UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE

“THE END OF THE LINE: JOSEPHINE BAKER AND THE POLITICS OF BLACK WOMEN’S CORPOREAL COMEDY”
DAPHNE A. BROOKS
, ENGLISH, AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES – PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

“JOSEPHINE BAKER AS DIASPORIC DANCER”
MAE GWENDOLYN HENDERSON
, ENGLISH – UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL

1.45 PM LUNCH

3.00 PM PANEL III – STAGING TENSIONS, CROSSING BORDERS, DANCING IN-BETWEEN
CHAIR: ROBERT G. O’MEALLY, ENGLISH, JAZZ STUDIES – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

“FOIL, FICTION AND PHANTASM: ‘JOSEPHINE BAKER’ IN PRINCESSE TAM TAM”
CLAUDINE RAYNAUD
, ENGLISH – UNIVERSITÉ DE TOURS

“JOSEPHINE BAKER AND THE DAWN OF TRANSNATIONAL CINEMA”
ELIZABETH EZRA
, SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES, CULTURES AND RELIGIONS – UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING

“THE USE VALUE OF ‘JOSEPHINE BAKER”
FELICIA MCCARREN
, FRENCH AND ITALIAN – TULANE UNIVERSITY

4.45 PM COFFEE

5.00 PM FILM SCREENING – ZOU-ZOU (1934)
INTRODUCTORY DIALOGUE WITH JEAN-CLAUDE BAKER AND LYNN WHITFIELD



SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 – MAISON FRANÇAISE, CENTER FOR FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

10.00 AM
COFFEE

10.30 AM PANEL IV – JOSEPHINE BAKER AND OTHER “OTHERS”
CHAIR: BRENT EDWARDS
, ENGLISH – RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

“KATHERINE DUNHAM ON THE FRENCH STAGE (NO REPEAT OF LA REVUE NÈGRE)”
GENEVIÈVE FABRE
, EMERITA – UNIVERSITÉ DENIS DIDEROT

“BODY AND SOUL: JOSEPHINE, JANE AND PAULETTE”
MARYSE CONDÉ
, EMERITA – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

“REDISCOVERING AICHA, LUCY AND D’AL AL, COLORED FRENCH STAGE ARTISTS”
MICHEL FABRE
, EMERITUS – UNIVERSITÉ DE LA SORBONNE NOUVELLE

“AFTER JOSEPHINE: BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE FRENCH MUSIC SCENE"
GRETCHEN HOLBROOK GERZINA
, ENGLISH – DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

12.45PM COFFEE

1.00 PM PANEL V – “AGENT JOSEPHINE”
CHAIR: KIM HALL,
ENGLISH –BARNARD COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

“FROM THE SECOND GREAT WAR TO IRAQ: BEAUTY, PATRIOTISM, AND LIEUTENANT JOSEPHINE BAKER”
T. SHARPLEY-WHITING
, FRENCH, AFRICAN AMERICAN AND DIASPORA STUDIES, VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

“SAMPLING JOSEPHINE BAKER: CUTS FROM TOUKI BOUKI, ALMA’S RAINBOW AND MADAME SATA”
TERRI FRANCIS
, FILM STUDIES, AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES – YALE UNIVERSITY

“ADOPTIVE AFFINITIES: JOSEPHINE BAKER AND BLACK INTERNATIONALISM”
JONATHAN EBURNE
, COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, ENGLISH – PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

“JOSEPHINE BAKER, PERFORMANCE, AND THE TRAUMATIC REAL”
WALTER KALAIDJIAN
, ENGLISH – EMORY UNIVERSITY

3.15 PM CLOSING REMARKS
FARAH GRIFFIN, COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES – COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY


For a directional map to the conference auditoriums please visit

Barnard College–Sulzberger http://www.barnard.edu/visitors/barnard.html

Maison Francaise (Buell Hall) http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/buell.html


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