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Eberly Roundtable on Race, Identity, and Place 2021

Theme: “A Coming Together
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Shenandoah Room (Mountainlair)

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to invite faculty, staff, students, and the entire Mountaineer community both near and far to the first annual Eberly Roundtable . This inaugural event brings together academic and public scholars, artists, and intellectuals to engage on a topic central to WVU’s land-grant mission and national identity. The inaugural theme of this year’s Eberly Roundtable is “A Coming Together. Our distinguished participants have been invited to discuss blackness, black identity, black agency, and black presence in Appalachia. We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support and look forward to this important conversation.

Oct.12, 2021 (day 1) features Dr. William H. Turner and the launching of his book The Harlan Renaissance on WVU Press. You can learn more about this event
here.

Roundtable discussions and will be held Oct.13, 2021 (day 2). This year’s roundtable theme invites distinguished participants to discuss blackness, black identity, black agency, and black presence in Appalachia.

Register for the event.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8 - 8:15 a.m.

Dr. R. Gregory Dunaway

Welcome

Dr. R. Gregory Dunaway
Dean, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


8:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Chrystal Good

Opening Remarks

Crystal Good
Publisher, Black By God

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Cicero Fain

An Appalachian Story

Dr. Cicero Fain
Professor of History, College of Southern Maryland
Visiting Diversity Scholar, Marshall University

RESPONDENTS

Dr. Jessica Wilkerson
Associate Professor of History and Joyce and Stuart Robbins Chair
WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Travis Stimeling
Associate Professor of Musicology, WVU Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands
WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music

10:30 a.m. - noon

Dr. Shanequa Smith

Black Community Based Participatory Research:
Notes from Charleston, WV

Dr. Shanequa Smith
West Virginia Restorative Practitioner
Independent Scholar, Activist-Intellectual
Mentor, WVU-Knowledge for Change Hub

RESPONDENTS

Dr. Enkeshi El-Amin
Director, The Bottom
Lecturer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Prof. Renee K. Nicholson
Associate Professor of Multidisciplinary Studies and Director WVU Humanities Center
WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

12:15 - 1:20 p.m.

William H. Turner

Lunch Discussion: The Harlan Renaissance
Bluestone Room in the Mountainlair (Zoom attendance only)

Dr. William Turner
Author, The Harlan Renaissance Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Althea Webb

Appalachian By Proxy

Dr. Althea Webb
Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Berea College

RESPONDENTS

Prof. Amy Alvarez
Teaching Assistant Professor of English and Affrilachian Poet
WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Hope Koehler
Professor of Voice
WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Arnold Farr

Between Socrates and Grandma:
Black-Southern-Philosopher

Dr. Arnold Farr
Professor of Philosophy, University of Kentucky

RESPONDENTS

Dr. Devin Curry
Assistant Professor Philosophy, WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Alton Merrell
Assistant Professor of Jazz
WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music

5 - 5:15 p.m.

Chrystal Good

Synthesis: Because We Came Together

Crystal Good

5:15 - 5:30 p.m.

Keith Jackson

Closing Remarks

H. Keith Jackson

Philip J. Faini and Falbo Family Dean, WVU College of Creative Arts
President Elect, West Virginia Music Educators Association
Board Member, West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival




SPONSORS

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Office of the Provost

College of Creative Arts

Office of the Vice President for Research

Center for Resilient Communities

West Virginia University Press


If you require an American Sign Language interpreter, please contact Dillon Butler at dcbutler@mail.wvu.edu at least three days prior to the event.