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Since 1989 the ABCC has offered an annual conference co-hosted by one of our institutional members. Conference attendees have the opportunity to learn about relevant issues related to Black and Multiculture centers and the field of Black Studies. Purdue University will co-host the 22nd Association for Black Culture Centers' conference, which will be held Thursday, October 25 - Sunday, October 28 in West Lafeyette, IN. All conference sessions are scheduled on the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus.

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Invited Speakers
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Dr. Michael Dyson

Michael Dyson, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - who is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner - is one of the nation's most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. The Philadelphia Weekly contends that Dr. Dyson "is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time."

Dr. Dyson's pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas. His first book, 1993's Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism, helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. His next book, 1994's Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century. Dr. Dyson's first book on Martin Luther King, 2000's I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr., made a significant contribution to King scholarship by recovering the radical legacy of the slain civil rights leader. According to book industry bible Publisher's Weekly, his 2001 book, Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, helped to make books on hip hop commercially viable. His 2006 book Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster was the first major book on Katrina and probed the racial and class fallout from the storm. Dr. Dyson's 2005 New York Times bestseller, Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, helped to jumpstart a national conversation on the black poor that has been called the most important debate in black America since the historic debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. His book, The New York Times best-selling April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America, has been hailed by The Washington Post as "an excellent sociological primer on institutionalized racism in America." His most recent book, Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, offers a sampling of his sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency. It is both revealing and relevant, and at once thoughtful provoking and uplifting.

Not only has Dr. Dyson taught at some of the nation's most prestigious universities - including Brown, Chapel Hill, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania - but his influence has carried far beyond the academy into prisons and bookstores, political conventions and union halls, and church sanctuaries and lecture stages across the world.

Dr. Dyson has appeared on nearly every major media outlet, including The Today Show, Nightline, O'Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher - and he has cemented his star appeal on such shows as Rap City, Def Poetry Jam, and The Colbert Report. He is also a contributing editor of Time magazine. In addition, he hosts an hour-long news and talk program on NPR, "The Michael Eric Dyson Show," where he delivers thoughtful analysis of today's biggest stories from pop culture to race relations.

His powerful work has won him legions of admirers and has made him what The Washington Post terms a "superstar professor." His fearless and fiery oratory led the Chronicle of Higher Education to declare that with his rhetorical gifts he "can rock classroom and chapel alike." Dr. Dyson's eloquent writing inspired Vanity Fair magazine to describe him as "one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today." Dr. Dyson is presently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University where, in 2011, he received widespread attention for his course "Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z." His legendary rise - from welfare father to Princeton Ph.D., from church pastor to college professor, from a factory worker who didn't start college until he was 21 to a figure who has become what writer Naomi Wolf terms "the ideal public intellectual of our time" - may help explain why author Nathan McCall simply calls him "a street fighter in suit and tie."

Dr. Reiland Rabaka

Reiland Rabaka, Ph.D.

Reiland Rabaka,Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of African, African American, and Caribbean Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Humanities Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is also an Affiliate Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Program and a Research Fellow at the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America (CSERA). He also holds graduate faculty appointments in the College of Music, School of Education, Department of Sociology, and Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research has been published in the Journal of African American Studies, Journal of Black Studies, Western Journal of Black Studies, Africana Studies Annual Review, Ethnic Studies Review, Jouvert: A Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Socialism & Democracy, and Journal of Southern Religion, among others. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of African American Studies, Journal of Black Studies, and Africana Studies Annual Review.

Rabaka is the editor of the Critical Africana Studies book series, which is published by the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, and he has published ten books, including W.E.B. Du Bois and the Problems of the Twenty-First Century (2007); Du Bois's Dialectics: Black Radical Politics and the Reconstruction of Critical Social Theory (2008); Africana Critical Theory (2009); Forms of Fanonism: Frantz Fanon's Critical Theory and the Dialectics of Decolonization (2010); Against Epistemic Apartheid: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Disciplinary Decadence of Sociology (2010); Hip Hop's Inheritance: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Hip Hop Feminist Movement (2011); and Hip Hop's Amnesia: From Blues and the Black Women's Club Movement to Rap and the Hip Hop Movement (2012). In addition, he is the editor of W.E.B. Du Bois: A Critical Reader (2010) and co-editor (with Arturo Aldama, Elisa Facio, and Daryl Maeda) of Telling Our Stories: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado (2011). His research has been recognized with several awards, including funding from the National Science Foundation, the Eugene M. Kayden Book Award, the Cheikh Anta Diop Book Award, and the National Council for Black Studies' W.E.B. Du Bois-Anna Julia Cooper Award for Outstanding Publications in Africana Studies. Rabaka has conducted archival research and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally, and has been the recipient of numerous community service citations, distinguished teaching awards, and research fellowships. His cultural criticism, social commentary, and political analysis has been featured in print, radio, television, and online media venues such as NPR, PBS, BBC, ABC, NBC, BET, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Philadelphia Tribune, and The Denver Post, among others. He is also an award-winning poet, spoken-word artist, and musician.

Dr. Victor Anderson

Victor Anderson, Ph.D.

Victor Anderson is the Oberlin Theological School Professor of Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Religious Studies and Director of the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. A member of the Vanderbilt faculty since 1992, he e is author of three books: Beyond Ontological Blackness: An Essay on African American Religious and Cultural Criticism (1995), Pragmatic Theology: Negotiating the Intersections of an American Philosophy of Religion and Public Theology (1998), and Creative Exchange: A Constructive Theology of African American Religious Experience (2008). Professor Anderson received his Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Princeton University.

Dr. Lori Patton Davis

Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lori Patton Davis is a higher education scholar whose research agenda focuses on African Americans in postsecondary contexts, Critical Race Theory applied to higher education, college student development theory and the influence of campus environments on student experiences.

Dr. Patton Davis’ is perhaps the most well---known researcher and scholar in the area of culture centers. She wrote the first dissertation focusing on culture centers, entitled, From Protest to Progress: An Examination of the Relevance, Relationships and Roles of Black Culture Centers (BCCs). Moreover, she is the editor of the recently released book, Campus Culture Centers in Higher Education, which highlights various types of racial/ethnic specific culture centers in higher education, their continued relevance, and implications for their existence in relation to student retention and success. Dr. Patton regularly serves as a consultant and national speaker on culture centers given her knowledge and expertise in this particular area. Her most recent research examines issues of intersectionality in the experiences of African American lesbian, gay and bisexual students attending historically black colleges and universities and those who belong to Black Greek---letter organizations. Dr. Patton Davis is also engaged in critical scholarship on the experiences of Black undergraduate women in higher education. She is the editor of the forthcoming book, “Debunking the ‘New Model Minority’ Myth: Critical Perspectives on Black Women in College.”

Professor Patton Davis’ larger body of work has been published in The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of College Student Development, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Negro Educational Review, and several other well--- respected journals, edited books and monographs, and professional magazines. In addition to the edited volume on culture centers, she is also an author of the 2nd edition of Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice, and the forthcoming 3rd edition of the ASHE Reader on College Student Affairs Administration.

Dr. Patton Davis is affiliated with and highly involved in numerous professional associations in higher education and student affairs including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, and the American College Personnel Association. She has presented over 80 research papers, workshops, symposia and keynote addresses inter/nationally. Dr. Patton Davis has been recognized by the American College Personnel Association (2005 Emerging Scholar Award, 2005 Annuit Coeptis Award) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2010 Early Career Award, 2008 Mildred E. Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship). Her Ph.D. in higher education is from Indiana University, where she currently serves as Associate Professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program.

Professional Development Pre-Conference Institute

Professional Advancement in Cultural Centers

In its second year, the Association for Black Cultural Centers Pre-Conference Professional Development Institute: "Professional Advancement in Cultural Centers" once again promises to be an informative, engaging and practical experience providing knowledge that professionals working in Black Culture Centers will be able to apply to their daily work in higher education; in general and to Black Cultural Centers, in particular. Those who should attend this full day institute include; Coordinators, Assistant Directors, Directors and those aspiring to work in all areas of Multicultural Centers.

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


October 25, Thursday
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Professional Development Institute
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6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Keynote Address
October 26, Friday
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Plenary Session
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions III
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner Keynote
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Entertainment
IU Soul Revue
October 27, Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Technological Plenary Session
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I
12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch/President's Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II
4:00 p.m. State Coordinator Meetings
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner/Closing Banquet
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker

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