The Paine College Department of Humanities welcomes internationally renowned artist, scholar and Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park Dr. David C. Driskell to the 22nd Conference. Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, Dr. Driskellis cited as one of the world's leading authorities on the subject of African American Art. He has been the recipient of numerous honorary doctoral degrees and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of Black artists in America. He has authored seven books on the subject of African American art, co-authored four others, and published more than forty catalogs from exhibitions he has curated. His articles and essays on African American art have appeared in major publications throughout the world.


The Department of Humanities currently requests proposals for the session topics listed below. These session topics coincide with this year's conference theme, The Black Male Agenda: Art, Politics, and the Future Image of Race.. Presentations will analyze literature, history, philosophy, sociology, economics, art, music and will provide inter-and cross-disciplinary approaches. Please include the session topic and your paper topic in your proposal. Submit by email a 200-word abstract to Nancy W. Bookhart,, conference chair. Include your name, title, affiliation, and CV. The deadline for submission is August 29, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST. This call is extended to professors, independent scholars, graduate and undergraduate students.


  • SESSION #1The Black Male in Literature: Finding the Black Voice
  • SESSION #2 Moving in Darkness: Black Male Liberation in the Visual Arts
  • SESSION #3 The Liberation of the Song: Black Masculine Expression in Music and Poetry
  • SESSION #4 The Call for Nationalism and Activism in Harlem Renaissance Politics
  • SESSION #5 Recasting the Talented Tenth in Today's Contemporary Age
  • SESSION #6 Toxic Masculinity in the Works of Zora Neale Hurston
  • SESSION #7 Jazz and the Perception of Black Humanity
  • SESSION #8 The Black Church and A Call for a New Spirituality
  • SESSION #9 Beyond Negro Spirituals: Racial Awareness in the Song Cycles of African American Composers
  • SESSION #10 Moving Beyond the Du BoisianVeil in Film
  • SESSION #11 The Return of the Stereotypes in Black Male Neurosis 
  • SESSION #12 The New Negro: Hip Hop and Male Patriarchy
  • SESSION #13 Mass Incarceration and the Soul of the Black Man
  • SESSION #14 Space, Place and Utopias: The Black ManEncompassing Freedom 

The 22nd Evelyn G. Etheridge Conference on the Harlem Renaissance

Schedule of Events




October 28

4.30 pm – 6:00 pm:  Storytellers of North Carolina:

'The Weary Blues': Stories of Social Strides through Creativity, Culture and Courage

Jessye Norman School of the Arts



October 29



1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Petersburg Boat Tour:

Augusta Canal


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm:  Students Tour

Lucy Laney Museum of Black History

1116 Phillips Street


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm:  "Langston Hughes: Life, Works, and Legacy"

Dr. R. Baxter Miller, University of Georgia – Keynote Speaker

Lucy Laney Museum of Black History

1116 Phillips Street



October 30


11:00 am – 12:00 pm: HR Chapel Assembly

Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel


12:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Humanities Partners Luncheon

Partridge Inn (2110 Walton Way) – Invitation Only


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: The Harlem Renaissance and the Black Church:

Sermons That Birthed A New Nation

Candler Memorial Library


5:00 pm – 7.00 pm:  Exhibition and Light Reception for Dr. Driskell

Morris Museum of Art


7:00 pm: ‘Once Upon A Time in Harlem': A Play

Ellis M. and Ann N. Johnson Performing Arts Studio, Gilbert – Lambuth Memorial Chapel



October 31


8:00 am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast

Candler Memorial Library


9:30 am – 2:00 pm: Presentations of Papers

Candler Memorial Library

Ellis M. and Ann N. Johnson

Performing Arts Studio

Frank Yerby House


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Town Hall Meeting

Dr. David Driskell (Keynote Speaker) and guest panelists

Candler Memorial Library – 2nd Floor


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – A Song for Marva: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Prof. Marva L. Stewart, Beloved Professor of English

Ellis M. and Ann N. Johnson Performing Arts Studio

Friday, November 1

8:00am – 9:00am: Continental Breakfast, Candler Memorial Library

9:00am – 2:00pm: Presentation of Papers (Candler, Johnson Performing Arts Studio, Yerby House)



Registration Package includes: Opening Luncheon at the Partridge Inn with Dr. Driskell, Continental Breakfast (Thursday and Friday), Session Break Refreshers, Exhibition of the work of Dr. Driskellat the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta Canal Boat Tour, An original play by Dr. Krista debehnke Attana"A Night at the Cotton Club," and a tour of The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History. Register for the conference here.


Conference cost for professors, independent scholars, graduate and undergraduate students—$125.00. 

Exhibitions - Morris Museum of Art 

If you have not had the opportunity to view The Charleston Renaissance, be sure to do so before it closes on Sunday, October 27. Organized by guest curator Jay Williams, the exhibition includes art from the Morris Museum's permanent collection and special loans from the South Caroliniana Library of the University of South Carolina. Morris Museum of Art for the exhibition by David Driskell.

Staging Enabled