Oct 18, 2019, 10AM–7PM

The Legacy of 1619: The 2019 Callaloo Conference

Wilmer Wilson IV, Measures Not Men (detail), (2017). Salt, aluminum, wood. 245 cm x 610 cm x 190 cm. Courtesy the artist.

The Legacy of 1619: The 2019 Callaloo Conference is an occasion to commemorate the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in 1619 at Point Comfort, Virginia Colony, an event whose attendant histories would alter the course and character of the United States as well as the modern world. Moreover, the conference will bring to bear the great advances made in African Diaspora literary, visual, and cultural studies to understand the significance of 1619 and its continued reverberations; to raise questions that remain particularly germane in our present: How do the political, economic, and cultural circumstances of Virginia Colony in 1619 speak to us in twenty-first century America?

10AM – 11AM: Dissident Genealogies

11:45AM-1:15PM: 2019

3PM-4:30PM: Keynote: 1619/2019

5PM-7PM: Poetry Reading

For further information and a full list of speakers, please visit the event page on the Penn Department of English website.

The Legacy of 1619 has been made possible by the generous support of the Department of English and the following co-sponsors: Center for Africana Studies; Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing; Institute of Contemporary Art; Wolf Humanities Center; History of Art Department; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Department of Africana Studies; University Research Foundation Grant; School of Arts and Sciences Conference Support Grant; Provost’s Excellence through Diversity Fund; African American Museum in Philadelphia; and Professors Margo Crawford, Al Filreis, and Dagmawi Woubshet.

Thursday program here.
Friday program here.
Saturday program here.

For further information, please visit http://www.english.upenn.edu/events/2019/10/18/legacy-1619-conference-friday.


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