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1619: The Making of America Conference

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Date/time (Multi-Day Event)
09/26/2013 - 09/26/2013
(Off Campus) - Hampton Roads Convention Center, Student Center at Norfolk State University
Please join us for 1619: The Making of America’s 2013 conference to be held at the Hampton Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia on September 26 and Norfolk State University on September 27. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to place the events stemming from 1619 within the context of Atlantic migration, culture, and race, and will emphasize the wide-ranging, familiar, and mobile character of the African Diaspora. The overarching point is that Chesapeake society was part of a hybrid and global culture predicated on intimate and overlapping encounters among Africans, Native Americans, Western Europeans, and other cultures from around the globe. Featured speakers for the conference include Michael Blakey (Director of the Institute for Historical Biology and the National Endowment for the Humanities Professor, College of William and Mary), Paul Finkelman (President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy and Senior Fellow, Government Law Center, Albany Law School), Linda Heywood (Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University), James Sweet (Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin), John Thornton (Professor of African and African Diaspora History at Boston University), and Ben Vinson III (Herbert Baxter Adams Professor of Latin American History and Vice Dean of Centers and Interdepartmental Programs, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University). ODU’s Andrew Lopenzina (English) and Timothy Robinson (English) are participants in the event, hosting panels about literary and popular cultural depictions of 1619 and Native American and African American culture. Other conference panels and presentations will treat aspects of biology, law, society, race and gender as they shaped the region's history. Day one will include a Tour of Historic Sites in Hampton, beginning at Hampton University Museum and then proceeding to Emancipation Oak and Fort Monroe (Headquarters No. 1 and 1619 Landing site). The tour will conclude at the Hampton History Museum next to the historic cemeteries. The conference is sponsored in part, by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For details about the initiative and for the conference schedule, please visit http://www.1619.us/. '