The Center for Diopian Inquiry and Research on Education as Culture Transmission (DIRECT) at Medgar Evers College will host its Eleventh International and Interdisciplinary Conference on African Culture, Transmission and Retention entitled “Uncovering Connections XI: Cultural Endurance between Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean”. The conference will take place on Friday, March 5, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 7:30p.m. and will be held at 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.
This phenomenal event has acquired an international reputation and is setting the standard for superb scholarship study in the area of African culture, retention and transmission. The late historian and philosopher Cheikh Anta Diop provides the inspiration for the conference, which is held annually at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. The admission is free for this event. All are welcome as this event is open to the public. This year’s conference highlights senior scholars and junior (student) scholars.
The Conference will be divided into three different sessions. The morning segment will commence at 9:00 a.m., and it will be devoted to senior scholars identifying African retentions and junior scholars will compare slavery in Brazil, Jamaica and Virginia. The afternoon session, which will begin at 1:00 p.m., will end in the deconstruction of our own intra-cultural bias, prejudices and misinformation prevalent across sub-groups of African descent peoples. The conference will culminate with the evening session dedicated to jazz and a re-showing of the play and discussion titled Fanon.
The one-of-a-kind Uncovering Connections Conference, and the associated Journal of Culture and its Transmission in the African World, are quickly becoming the seminal sources of scholarship on African culture retention.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.