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Pre-Conference Event 

Author Talk & Film Screening

with Dr. Charles L. Chavis, Jr. 

 

September 7, 2023 | 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Martin D. Jenkins Hall

Behavioral & Social Sciences Building, Room 100

1600 Havenwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21218

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Get To Know The Conference

Call for Proposals

The James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts Students and faculty are invited to submit paper/panel/poster proposals for 6th Annual Quarles Conference scheduled for October 26 – 27, 2023 at Morgan State University. The deadline to submit proposals is September 1, 2023 by 5:00 P.M. EDT The theme of the conference is Lynching, Resistance, and the Pursuit of Justice. We invite all disciplines in the humanities to submit proposals. Generally, proposals should explore: • Racial Imbalance in the Constitution/American justice system • The Politics and Extended Definition of Lynching • The Class-Based Structure of White Supremacy • The Politics of Anti-Black Racism • Lynching as a Tool of Racial Terror • Stereotypes of the “Negro” Rapist and Murderer • The Depiction of Lynching in Art, Music, and Literature • Current research trends in Social Justice • Archival and/or digital research Morgan State University is the premier public urban research university in Maryland, known for its excellence in teaching, intensive research, effective public service, and community engagement. Morgan prepares diverse and competitive graduates for success in a global, interdependent society.

2023 Conference Dates

Thursday, October 26 - Undergraduate High School Opening Presentation - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday, October 27 -  Keynote Conversation & Workshops - 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Special Events

Academic units are preparing now!

Reminder: The 6th Annual Quarles Conference is just around the corner. Invite your student research groups to join in the experience. For example, the Department of English and Language Arts along with the Beulah M. Davis Special Collections Department invite participants to join a pre-conference discussion of the common text Silent Shores: The Lynching of Mathew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State.  The author, Dr. Charles L. Chavis, Jr. (an alum of Morgan State University’s Department of History) will join Morganites in a conversation on September 7, 2023, 4:30 – 6:30 in BSSC 100. Light refreshments will be served. The English Department’s undergraduate research group “Joining the Conversation: Research Bound” will join UMES students in the Davis Room for a pre-conference discussion of the common text Silent Shores participants will meet on two Saturdays (September 2 and September 30th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) in the Davis Room of the Earl S. Richardson Library to interrogate the historic, political, and economic realities of lynching.  ​Framed through fictional and nonfictional works, selections include:  These Low Grounds (chapter 8) by Waters Edward Turpin, the short story “Going to Meet the Man” by James Baldwin, the speech “Lynching Is Color-Line Murder” by Ida B. Wells, “Strange Fruit” song by Billie Holiday, and the culminating discussion of The Silent Shore to culminate the experience. You are invited to join the research group by contacting natasha.cumberbatch@morgan.edu and a pdf of the works as well as dates and a free copy of The Silent will be forwarded to you. You will all receive a copy of the book courtesy of Morgan State University alumna Sonja Swygert via the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.  You may wish to form your own undergraduate research group around the Conference theme: Lynching, Resistance, and the Pursuit of Justice.  All disciplines in the humanity are invited to submit proposals for the October 26-27, 2023 Conference.  Students may want to explore The James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts Students and faculty are invited to submit paper/panel/poster proposals for 6th Annual Quarles Conference scheduled for October 26 – 27, 2023 at Morgan State University. The deadline to submit proposals is September 1, 2023 by 5:00 P.M. EST ​The theme of the conference is Lynching, Resistance, and the Pursuit of Justice. We invite all disciplines in the humanities to submit proposals. Generally, proposals should explore: • Racial Imbalance in the Constitution/American justice system • The Politics and Extended Definition of Lynching • The Class-Based Structure of White Supremacy • The Politics of Anti-Black Racism • Lynching as a Tool of Racial Terror • Stereotypes of the “Negro” Rapist and Murderer • The Depiction of Lynching in Art, Music, and Literature • Current research trends in Social Justice • Archival and/or digital research Morgan State University is the premier public urban research university in Maryland, known for its excellence in teaching, intensive research, effective public service, and community engagement. Morgan prepares diverse and competitive graduates for success in a global, interdependent society. ​Sponsors: The Mellon Foundation Morgan State University James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts AAAD (African American and African Diaspora Studies Program) History, African American and Museum Studies  Graduate Student Organization Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Topic:  Lynching 1) Waters Turpin Chapter 2) “Going to Meet the Man” 3) IDA B. Wells 4) Silent Shore 

Common Reading Group (CRG) Book Talk

Dear students, You are invited to join The Common Reading Group (CRG) to discuss the work The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State by Morgan State University (MSU) alumnus Dr. Charles Chavis. You will all receive a copy of the book courtesy of Morgan State University alumna Sonja Swygert via the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. The Davis Room is in conversation with University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) library and selected faculty as a joint reading in support of the 2023 national Black history theme: Black Resistance. This title crosses disciplines to imagine the future and to wrestle with the past in an effort to achieve reconciliation. Additionally, you will be expected to meet on 2 Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.- noon, in the Davis Room of the Richardson Library to join a discussion of the work with your peers at UMES. You will also have an opportunity to meet and engage the author on September 7 as a feature of the Quarles pre-conference activities. As the book reveals, MSU and UMES have connected histories, and the testimonies of two African American professors from Princess Anne Academy evince the highest form of resistance that prevented more deaths. CRG will be comprised on students from the humanities, the library, and alumni from both universities. This pilot program is designed to generate broad interest in the Benjamin A. Quarles Humanities and Social Sciences Conference and the 2023 national Black History theme. If you would like to participate, kindly send me an email expressing your willingness and I will provide you with more detail. Best regards, Dr. Newson-Horst “African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms, and police killings since our arrival upon these shores. These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction.”—The Association for the Study of African American Life and History

natasha.cumberbatch@morgan.edu

For more information contact Ms. Natasha Holder-Cumberbatch:

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