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Black Beauty Colloquium

When Oct 18, 2014
from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn, Facutly Staff Club
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Maxine Craig headshotThis Colloquium is on the ways in which skin color, attire, body shape, and image have influenced the African American freedom struggle.


The day will include:

    • A Keynote lecture by Maxine Craig, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies, University of California, Davis. Author of Ain't I a Beauty Queen? Black Women, Beauty, and the Politics of Race (Oxford University Press 2002)
    • A special screening of the documentary Dark Girls
    • A panel titled "From Sarah Baartman to Beyonce: The Black Body in the White Mind"
    • A catered lunch

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Conference Schedule:

11 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks by Professor Crystal Sanders

11:10 Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Sheryl Edmondson

11:15-12:00 Keynote Professor Maxine Leeds Craig

12:00-12:30 Q&A with Professor Craig

12:30-2:45 Lunch and Dark Girls screening (film is 70 minutes) followed by Panel Discussion on Colorism

3:00-5:00 From Sarah Bartman to Beyonce: The Black Body in the White Mind  (Panel discussion on a variety of subjects)

Black Beauty Colloquium participants

Co-sponsored by the Africana Research Center, the African American Studies Department, PSU NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and PSU NCNW (National Council of Negro Women)

Department of African American Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
133 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802
Ph: 814-863-4243 | Fax: 814-863-3578 | Email: