2024 Deborah Gray White Conference


Rutgers Academic Building East Wing
Room 2400
15 Seminary Place New Brunswick, NJ 08901


Reclaiming Black Women’s Lives:
A Symposium Honoring the Intellectual Work of Deborah Gray White


Thursday, March 21

12:25 - 12:45: Event Registration

12:45 - 1:15 PM Symposium Opening: Welcomes

1:15 - 2:30 PM PANEL 1
“Breaking the Silences: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower.”

  • Moderator: Sharon Harley, University of Maryland College Park
  • Brenda Stevenson, St. John’s College University of Oxford
  • Crystal Feimster, Yale University
  • Wanda Hendricks, University of South Carolina, Professor Emerita

2:30 -  2:45 PM BREAK

2:45 - 4:15 PM PANEL 2
“The Art and Practice of Institution Building: African American History at Rutgers.”

  • Moderator: Kim Butler, RU New Brunswick
  • Scarlet and Black: Kendra Boyd, RU Camden
  • Postdoc 2014-15: D’Weston Haywood, Hunter College CUNY
  • History Department: Nancy Hewitt, RU New Brunswick, Professor Emerita
  • RCHA/Black Atlantic: Carolyn Brown, RU New Brunswick

4:30 - 5:00 PM BREAK

5:00 - 6:30 PM Keynote
"Sister Scholar and Heavy Loads: Archives, History, and Mentorship in the Work of Deborah Gray White"
Jennifer Morgan, New York University

6:30 - 7:30 PM Reception


Friday, March 22

10:00 - 11:15 AM Panel 3
Ar'n’t I a Woman- “More History than Myth:” Rethinking Black Women, Gender, and Slavery.

  • Moderator: Marisa Fuentes, RU New Brunswick
  • Stephanie Jones-Rogers, UC Berkeley
  • Deirdre Cooper Owens, University of Connecticut
  • Daina Ramey Berry, UC Santa Barbara

11:15 - 12:45 PM Panel 4
“In Defense of Themselves:” Black Women, Activism, and Organizing

  • Moderator: Francille Rusan Wilson,  University of Southern California
  • Crystal Sanders, Emory University
  • Rhonda Williams, Wayne State University
  • Kellie Carter-Jackson, Wellesley College
  • Shennette Garrett-Scott, Tulane University

12:45 - 2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 - 3:15 PM Panel 5
“Writing the Past…Conjuring the Future: Black Women’s History in the 21st Century.”

  • Moderator: Erica Dunbar, RU New Brunswick
  • Ula Taylor, UC Berkeley
  • Tera Hunter, Princeton University
  • Thavolia Glymph, Duke University
  • Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Harvard University

3:15 - 3:30PM Break

3:30 - 5:00PM Keynote
"Deborah Gray White: Scholar, Citizen, Midtown New Yorker."
Keynote Speaker
Nell Painter, Princeton University, Professor Emerita


Rutgers History Department
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History Deborah Gray White
Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice
The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians


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