International Gullah Geechee And African Diaspora Conference

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CCU’s Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies, an international conference themed “Tracing the African Diaspora: Places of Suffering, Resilience and Reinvention.”

For a full conference schedule, visit coastal.edu/joynerinstitute/conference.

Wednesday, March 6 – Saturday, March 9. Conference sessions will examine significant social, political and cultural experiences among African-American communities and various African and Caribbean nations in the past, present and future. The conference brings together academics and practitioners from interdisciplinary areas of study who offer their scholarly contributions in the form of papers, films, performances and spoken poetry.

Events below are open to the public without conference registration.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

SHEILA S. WALKER

Thursday, March 7,

10:55-11:40 a.m.

Sheila S. Walker, director of the African Diaspora and the World Program at Spelman College, will deliver the keynote address. Walker is a cultural anthropologist, filmmaker and executive director of Afrodiaspora Inc., a nonprofit organization that develops documentary film and educational materials about the global African diaspora.

EDWARDS RECITAL HALL

ADMISSION: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SPOKEN WORD:

MARCUS SALUTE TO GULLAH

Thursday, March 7, 6 p.m.

Charleston’s first poet laureate and award-winning graphic designer Marcus Amaker gives a spoken word reading. Amaker has published seven books of poetry and has been featured on PBS Newshour, TEDxCharleston, Huffington Post, the A&E Network, Charleston Magazine and The Post and Courier. As a musician, Amaker has created more than 30 electronic music albums, and his latest project, empath, is a collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer Quentin E. Baxter.

JOHNSON AUDITORIUM, WALL 116

ADMISSION: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

SALUTE TO GULLAH

Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

The Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters, Ron and Natalie Daise, and Aunt Pearlie Sue bring iconic Gullah performances to the stage. The Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters, all descendants of African slaves, perform one of the oldest surviving African artistic traditions. The group performs nationally, making history in Washington, D.C., in 2011 by setting the Guinness World Record for leading the largest recorded ring shout. Ron Daise, vice president for creative education at Brookgreen Gardens and a native of St. Helena Island, and his wife Natalie Daise, a storyteller and artist, are writers, actors, educators and internationally renowned television performers known for their roles on Nickelodeon’s award-winning Gullah Gullah Island. Aunt Pearlie Sue is the creation of Anita Singleton-Prather, a native of the Sea Islands in Beaufort County, S.C. Based on her grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Sue’s character has entertained audiences with Gullah-inspired folktales for more than a decade.

WHEELWRIGHT AUDITORIUM

ADMISSION: $7

COMMUNITY DAY

Saturday, March 9, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The final day of the conference is dedicated to the history, customs and stories of our local communities. Presentations and exhibits feature arts, music, food, storytelling, and educational sessions on Gullah culture and its significance in the local area. The public is encouraged to attend to participate in critical dialogues and shared learning surrounding these topics. The conference concludes with a Community Sings service in Wheelwright Auditorium.

EDWARDS BUILDING (VARIOUS LOCATIONS), WHEELWRIGHT AUDITORIUM

ADMISSION: FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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