2002 - African-American Studies

Yale African American Studies Alumni Conference
Revisiting Origins, Imagining Futures
A Tercentennial Program
May 3 - 5, 2002






Friday, May 3

11:00 am – 6:00 pm    


Rose Alumni House  -  232 York Street (between Chapel and Elm)

Pre-Conference Events

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Open House - Department of African American Studies

493 College Street (between Grove and Wall)

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Wall and High Streets

Highlights of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Arts and Letters, presented by Patricia Willis, Elizabeth Wakeman Dwight Curator, Collection of American Literature

2:30pm – 3:30 pm

Yale University Art Gallery

1111 Chapel Street

A special tour of the African and American collections led by Mary Kordak '88 MA, Jan & Frederick Mayer Curator of Education

Conference Opening Session

Yale University Art Gallery McNeil Lecture Hall

1111 Chapel Street

4:15pm - 5:45pm

Welcoming Remarks

Richard Brodhead '68 BA, '72 PhD (English)
Dean, Yale College

Hazel Carby
Chair, Yale Department of African American Studies

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Founders of African American Studies at Yale:

Revisiting Origins


Ralph C. Dawson '71 BA


Wendell Bell
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Yale University

Roy S. Bryce-Laporte
Director, African American Studies Program
Yale University, 1969-1972

Robert Dahl '40 PhD (Government)
Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Yale University

Craig Foster '69 BA

Donald Ogilvie '68 BA, '78 MPPM

Edwin S. Redkey '67 PhD (American Studies)

Charles Taylor '50 BA, '55 PhD (English)
Former Provost, Yale University

6:00 pm


Afro-American Cultural Center

211 Park Street

7:30 pm    


Linonia & Brothers Reading Room, Sterling Memorial Library

120 High Street


Richard C. Levin '74 PhD (Economics)
President of Yale University


Reflections on African American Studies in a Global University
Kurt Schmoke '71
Senior Fellow, Yale Corporation


Saturday, May 4

Panel Sessions    

Yale University Art Gallery McNeil Lecture Hall

1111 Chapel Street (Use High Street Entrance)
9:00 am – 10:15 am

1968 / 2001: Are We Still Radicals?

Cathy Cohen
Yale University

Eric Arnesen '84 MA, '86 PhD (History)
University of Illinois

Kathleen Cleaver '84 BA, 89 JD
Emory University
School of Law

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. '73 BA
Harvard University

Caroline Jackson-Smith '74 BA
Oberlin College
10:15 am – 10:45 am

Coffee break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

A New Century: Imagining Futures


Robert Stepto
Yale University


Jayna Brown '01 PhD (American Studies)
University of Oregon

Leigh Raiford '98 MA
Yale University
current graduate student

Robert Reid-Pharr '94 PhD (American Studies)
City University of New York Graduate Center

Rebecca Walker '92 BA
Writer, Berkeley, California
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Lunch and presentation of William Pickens papers, memorabilia, and key

Calhoun College Dining Hall


William Pickens III

Pamela Alison Pickens

John Montier Pickens
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    

Film: "Homecoming" directed by Charlene Gilbert '87 BA

Yale University Art Gallery Lecture Hall

1111 Chapel Street (use High Street entrance)

Celebrating Ourselves: An Evening of African American Art and Performance

Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 101

63 High Street

Elizabeth Alexander '84 BA Yale University 

Joanne Braxton '84 PhD (American Studies) College of William and Mary

Gloria Naylor '83 MA

6:00 pm    

Cocktails and Dinner

8:30 pm

Jazz Concert      

Saybrook College Dining Room

Neighborhood Music School Jazz Faculty All Star Ensemble


Sunday, May 5

9:00 am

Memorial Service

Afro-American Cultural Center 211 Park Street

Dwight Andrews '77 MDiv, '93 PhD (Music) will lead a service of remembrance for those who were of great importance to African American Studies at Yale

John Blassingame '71 PhD (History):
Tribute by Gerald Jaynes, Professor, Economics and African American Studies, Yale University

Sylvia Ardyn Boone '79 PhD (History of Art):
Tribute by Vera F. Wells '71 BA

Charles Davis:
Tribute by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. '73 BA

Glenn DeChabert '70:
Tribute by Woody Brittain '70 BA

Armstead Robinson '68 BA, '72 (Div):
Tribute by Donald Ogilvie '68 BA, '78 MPPM

Rhonda Williams
Tribute by Charlene Gilbert '87 BA

10:30 am – 11:30 am    

The Future of the African American Studies Department and the Afro-American Cultural Center

Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 211

320 York Street


Don M. Roman '71 BA


Victor Chears '74 BA

Erica S. Turnipseed '93 BA

Vera F. Wells '71 BA

11:30 am – 1:00 pm    

Farewell brunch

Hall of Graduate Studies Dining Room
320 York Street