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Avery hosts two-day Symposium

Speakers will focus on movie's impact within American culture
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Julie Dash’s film, the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center is bringing together scholars and artists from throughout the country for a two-day symposium on September 16-17 to reflect on the film’s impact on society, race, gender, class and the lives of African American women. The sessions play homage to the African American art aesthetic, the creative expression of feminist criticism and the untold story of a rich, but forgotten, cultural legacy of our shared American heritage. This free symposium is being co-sponsored by the Carolina Low Country and Atlantic World (CLAW) Program, the African American Studies Program (ASST), The International African American Museum (IAAM) and the S.C. Historical Society. For registration information, contact the Avery Research Center at (843) 953-7234


Schedule of events:

Friday, September 16 

8:30 a.m.           Registration
9 a.m.     

Welcome and Opening:
College of Charleston Provost George Hynd,
Dr. Patricia Williams-Lessane and
Dr. Conseula Francis

9:15 a.m.     

Dreaming Julie Dash: Situating Daughters of    
the Dust
 within the Black Film Aesthetic

11 a.m.     

In Search of Our Mothers: Movement and Migration
in Daughters of the Dust

12:30 p.m.                

Lunch Keynote: Yvonne Welbon, Bennett College for Women, Behind the Screen: The Making, Marketing and Distribution of
Daughters of the Dust

2 p.m.        How I’ve Come By My Name
3:45 p.m.    Gullah Art: Presentation, Preservation and Interpretation
5:30 p.m.                 

Novel Interpretations of Daughters of the Dust

                  Saturday, September 17 
9 a.m. 

From The Color Purple to For Colored Girls:
Film as the New Literary Genre

11:45 a.m.

Weaving a Tapestry: Daughters of the Dust and Material Culture

12:30 p.m. 

Lunch Keynote: Julie Dash, producer/writer/director of Daughters of the Dust

2 p.m. 

Reflections: “We Carry These Memories Inside of We”

3:45 p.m.  Daughters of the Dust: A Metapicture of Culture and Gender