University of Rochester

EVENT: University Conference Celebrates Black Intellectual Life in the 21st Century

February 3, 2010

WHAT: The University of Rochester's Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies (FDI) will host a conference titled "Thinking Black Intellectuals," featuring some of today's most important scholars in Africana Studies.

TIME, DATE, PLACE: The conference takes place 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Hawkins-Carlson Room inside Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus.

Scholarly presentations and discussions will examine issues of diversity, identity, and community throughout the African Diaspora, through literature, philosophy, cultural studies, and history. Topics range from "The Love of Freedom Brought Us Here: Introduction to Modern African Political Philosophy" to "Finding Voice, Giving Voice: Gender, Politics, and Social Change."

A complete schedule of events can be found online at:

PARKING: Media parking passes for River Campus on Friday are available upon request.

The conference is free and open to the public; it is co-sponsored by the University of Rochester's Humanities Project and South Atlantic Quarterly (Duke University Press).

For additional information, please call the Frederick Douglas Institute for African and African-American Studies at (585) 275-7235, or by email at