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Southern Silences: Trauma & American Indian and African American Resilience

  1. Friday, November 5th, 20101:00pm - 7:30pm
  2. Saturday, November 6th, 20101:00PM - 3:30pm

November 5-6, 2010, Reynolda Museum of American Art

 Southern Silences is a two-day conference designed to identify and encourage new trends in our understanding of the history and culture of African Americans and American Indians in the Southeast. It will foster intellectual exchange between scholars, activists, and a general audience interested in learning about American history and the legacy of “willful amnesia” about its most traumatic chapters. Attendance is free for WFU and WSSU faculty, staff, and students.  

The conference is supported by a Provost's Grant for Faculty Excellence, and the Departments of History and Religion.

Admission: Members $8; non-members $15; students and WFU/WSSU Faculty & staff free 

Schedule of Events  

Thursday, November 4, 2010   7:30 p.m. Oral history performance at START: WFU Student Gallery at Reynolda Village. Artistic Director: André Minkins, WSSU    

Friday, November 5, 2010 (ALL TALKS AT REYNOLDA HOUSE) 

 19th Century: Part I  

1 p.m. Welcoming Remarks: Provost Jill Tiefenthaler  

Opening Lecture: “Where Harriet Jacobs Lived” Anthony S. Parent, Jr. (WFU Department of History)  

1:45 p.m.   "The Consequences of Greed” Clara Sue Kidwell, Director, American Indian Center, UNC-Chapel Hill  

2:30 p.m.   WFU Panel: “19th-century Cherokee Sacred Texts,” Margaret Bender (Anthropology); “The High Cost of Freedom,” Rian Bowie (English); “Nameless in the Promised Land,” Margaret Zulick (Communication)  

19th Century: Part II  

3:30 p.m.   “A Psychoanalytical Reading of the Middle Passage,” Matthew Vaughan Johnson, National Director, Every Church a Peace Church  

4:15 p.m.   WFU Panel: “The Visceral Roots of Racism,” Stephen B. Boyd (Religion); “The Hills of Hanover County: 1841-2001,” Beth Hopkins (History)  

7:30 p.m.   Activist Forum in Lower Auditorium, Wingate Hall, WFU Chaired by Ulrike Wiethaus (Religion and American Ethnic Studies)    

Saturday, November 6 2010 (ALL TALKS AT REYNOLDA HOUSE)  

20th Century: Part I  

1 p.m. “Indi/Visible” Gabrielle Tayac, Curator, National Museum of the American Indian  

1:45 p.m.   WFU Panel: “Race Relations on a New/Old Frontier,” Ana-Maria Gonzalez Wahl (Sociology); “African American Choreographers,” Nina Maria Lucas (Theatre & Dance)   20th Century: Part II   2:45 p.m. “A Strange Freedom” C. Boyd James, Independent Scholar  

3: 30 pm WFU Panel: “Interracial Sex, Exploitation, and Violence,” Earl Smith and Angela Hattery (American Ethnic Studies and Sociology); “Mothers' Beliefs and Parenting,” Christy Buchanan (Psychology)  

Event Details

  • Location:
    Reynolda House
  • Special Notes:
    For more information, please contact Prof. Tony Parent, Department of History, or Prof. Ulrike Wiethaus,336.758.7169 Department of Religion and American Ethnic Studies.

    For more information visit:

    For ticket information, call 336.758.5150
  • Sponsor:
  • Open To:
    Faculty, Staff, Students
  • Facilitated by:
    Shelley Sizemore
  • Questions? Please contact:

    • Ulrike Wiethaus, Ph.D.: • 336.758.7169