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2014 Lemon Project Symposium

"Aspiring for Change: Representations of the African American Experience"

March 14-15, 2014 | Williamsburg, VA

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Program Schedule

The fourth annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium will take place on the evening of Friday, March 14th and during the day on Saturday, March 15th. Research presentations will be given on March 15th. This is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members to come together to share research and discuss ideas. As the theme suggests, the Symposium welcomes a wide variety of proposals -- academic, artistic, and performance-based -- that shed light on the African American experience within and outside the  campus that informs who we were and who we may become. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jody L. Allen at [[jlalle]].

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Friday, March 14th

6:00pm- 7:30pm - Bruton Heights School, Lane Auditorium
301 1st Street Williamsburg, VA
Community Read -- Book Discussion
Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universi-ties
by Craig Steven Wilder
Led by the author

8:30pm-10:00pm - Sadler Center, Tidewater AB
200 Stadium Dr. Williamsburg, VA
Poetry Slam

Saturday, March 15th

8:00am – 3:00pm - College of William & Mary Mason School of Business
101 Ukrop Way Williamsburg, VA

8:00am – 8:30am  - Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45am – 9:00am  - Opening Remarks

9:00am – 10:15am -  Introduction & Keynote
Craig Steven Wilder
Professor and Head, History
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Q & A

10:30am – 11:45am - Panel Session One
Narratives: Making Meaning, Decoding Meaning
“Historical What? New Ideas On Classifying Slave Narratives”
Benjamin S. Flax, Student, University of Alabama

“Tommie’s Camera: The Family Photographs of Louise Miller”
Carol Hill & Burnell Irby, Washington D.C.

Leaders in the African American Community
“Transformational Leadership & Resilience: An Exploratory Study of African–American Women Leaders in Nonprofits”
Donovan Branche, James Madison University, Doctoral Candidate

“Janie Porter Barrett: Transformational Leader and Institutional Founder”
Karen Ford, Ph.D., Professor, James Madison University

African Americans at School
“The White Response to Black Resistance: African American Educational Change in Virginia 1936 to 1967”
Marissa Beale '14, Student, College of William & Mary

“Teaching About Africa at Virginia Schools: The Development of African Studies at the College of William & Mary and Hampton Institute/University
Alexandra (Lexi) Hartley '14, Student, College of William & Mary

“The Cultivation of the Black Experience”
Tanisha Ingram '14, Student, College of William & Mary

12:00pm – 12:45pm Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm Panel Session Two
Living Histories
“‘If These Walls Could Talk’: Oral Histories of the Holley School”
Mary Lamb Shelden, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

“Make the Ground Talk”
Brian Palmer & Erin Hollaway, Community Members and Documentary Film Producers

“The Bray School: Findings and Questions”
Stephanie Krauss '15, Student, College of William & Mary

“African American Burials and the Historic Landscape of Williamsburg”
Ywone Edwards-Ingram, Ph.D. Independent Scholar

2:30pm - Wrap Up