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 


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. 



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