SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

Adjoa A. Aiyetoro

Adjunct professor at Washington College of Law, American University, serves as the Chair for the Legal Strategies Commission and Chief Counsel, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), as a co-spokesperson of the Reparations Coordinating Committee, and also Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP).

 

Marcus Alexis

Member of the Board of Trustees and Professor of Economics at Northwestern University, currently is a Visiting Professor of Economics at Stanford University. His publications include Assessing 50 Years of African-American Economic Status, 1940-1990, and Diversity, Conflict and State Politics, University of Illinois Press.

 

Richard F. America

Economist and graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Business; is an Executive Professional Lecturer and Director of Community Reinvestment. His publications include Paying the Social Debt: What White America Owes Black America; The Wealth of Races: The Present Value of the Benefits of Past Injustice.

 

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith

Professor, Department of Africology
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is a professor of Africology, at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of several books and articles on Haiti, and his work is situated at the juncture of social philosophy, religion, international politics and history.
Publications: Neo-African Regions in the Americas The Spirit, the Myth, the Reality: Voudou in Haitian Devlopment; Haiti: The Breached Citadel; In the Shadow of Powers: Dantes Bellegarde in Haitian Social Thought; Resisting Freedom: Cultural Factors in Democracy; Contrapuntal Voices in Haitian Culture and Politics

 

Jayne Boisvert

Assistant professor of French and Comparative Literature at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. She obtained a master’s degree in French Language and Literature from Boston College and holds a doctorate in French Studies at the University at Albany. Dr. Boisvert has published articles on Haiti as well as French film.

Sylvia Curtis Black Studies and Dance librarian at University of California, Santa Barbara. She served as past president of the Librarian Association of the University of California and is active with social justice projects in the Santa Barbara community.
G. Reginald Daniel

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of
California, Santa Barbara.
While his research and teaching interests cover a variety of areas, he has been particularly active in the area of race and ethnic relations, as well as cultural analysis. Within these fields, he has examined a wide range of issues including general race and ethnic relations, multiracial identity and interracial relationships, and general cultural analysis. His books entitled More Than Black? Multiracial Identity and the New Racial Order (Temple University Press, 2001) and Converging Paths: Race Relations in Brazil and the United States (Altamira Press, A Division of Rowan Littlefield, in progress) are a culmination of much of his thinking on these topics.

 

Howard Dodson

Chief, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library (1984-Present)
Publications: The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology (1999)
Exhibits: Curator, Censorship and Black America; Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery.
Organized and produced major events at Carnegie Hall, the Schubert and Majestic theatres on Broadway. Served as Chair of the Federal Steering Committee on the African Burial Ground. Founding member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone; Executive Committee member and Chair of Cultural Arts Committee; Director of the research study to establish The New York State Freedom Trail; Member of the Board of Directors of the Apollo Theatre and serves on the Scientific and Technical Committee of the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

 

Paul Finkelman

Chapman Distinguished Professor, University of Tulsa School of Law
A March of Liberty, A Constitutional History of the United States - Vol. 1, From the Founding to 1980; Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson; An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity; Impeachable Offenses: A Documentary History from 1787 to the Present; Dred Scott v. Sandford: A Brief History with Documents; American Legal History: Cases and Materials; Baseball and the American Legal Mind.

 

Andrew B. Fisher Will graduate in June with a doctorate in history from the University of California, San Diego. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA, and the UC President’s Dissertation Fellowship.
Thelma Foote

Associate Professor, History and African-American Studies University of California, Irvine
Publications: Black and White Manhattan: Race Relations and Collective Identity in Colonial Society, 1626-1783 (forthcoming); Crossroads or Settlement?: The Freedmen's Community in Historic Greenwich Village, 1644-1844.

 

Rebecca Hall Holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California Berkeley and has been affiliated with the Berkeley Community Law Center, creating and supervising its Homelessness Prevention Project. She currently is completing a doctorate in history at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Patricia Penn Hilden

Professor of Native American Studies and Comparative Ethnic Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published When Nickels Were Indians. Her other upcoming publications are From the Red Zone: Critical Perspectives on Race, under submission at Stanford University Press, and Racing the West.

 

David Horne

Graduate Faculty, Public Policy Method and Analysis, Program in Public Administration, California State University, Northridge, is Editor for The Journal of African Studies, and The Journal of Pan African Studies. His publications include The State of the Race: A 21st Century Analysis of Black Americans. He currently is working on a series of articles concerning Slave Breeding in American History.

 

Gerald C. Horne

Professor, Department of History Communications Studies and African/Afro-American Studies
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Publications: From the Barrel of a Gun: The U.S. and the War Against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980; Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham DuBois; Class Struggle in Hollywood: Moguls, Mobsters, Stars, Reds and Trade Unionists, 1930-1950; Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960's.

 

Joseph Inikori

Professor, University of Rochester, Department of History
Joseph Inikori is professor of History, University of Rochester. He was
educated in Nigeria and England, and has had fellowships at the London
School of Economics and the University of Birmingham, both in England. He previously held a faculty position at the University of Ibadan and was formerly the Chair of History, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is an economic historian, with specialization in international trade and economic development.
His publications include, Africans and the Industrial Revolution in England: A Study in International Trade and Economic Development (being published by Cambridge University Press, June 30, 2002); The Chaining of a Continent: Export Demand for Captives and the History of Africa South of the Sahara, 1450-1870 (1992); The Atlantic Slave Trade: Effects on Economies, Societies and Peoples in Africa, the Americas and Europe (with Stanley Engerman, 1992); Forced Migration: The Impact of the Export Slave Trade on African Societies (1982); and many journal articles

 

Frederick C. Knight

University of Virginia
Frederick Knight is presently doing his post-doctoral research and teaching a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He is also on the faculty of the History Department at the University of Memphis and is currently working on a book manuscript titled, Seeds of Change: West African Workers and the Making of the British Americas, 1650-1850.

 

Leon F. Litwack

Morrison Professor of History, Department of History
University of California, Berkeley
Pulitzer Prize Winner
Publications: Black Leaders of the Nineteenth Century (Co-editor); Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (Co-author); Hellhound on My Trail: Race Relations in the South from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement; Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery; North of Slavery: The Negro in the Free States, 1790-1860.

 

Charles H. Long

Professor Emeritus, History of Religions
University of California, Santa Barbara and University of Chicago
Publications: Alpha: The Myths of Creations; Myths and Symbols, Essays in Honor of Mircea Eliade; Significatons: Signs, Symbols and Images in the Study of Religion

 

Mark Mack

Howard University, Laboratory Director of the African Burial Ground Project and Instructor in Biological Anthropology.
Mr. Mack's research interests include human adaptation to coastal
environments, skeletal biology, paleopathology, social impacts upon health,
and the biological health status of members of the African Diaspora. His
research interests have taken him on field assignments to conduct research
in such places as Rome, Italy, the Sultanate of Oman, the Bahamas, St.
Augustine, Florida, Jamaica and New York City (African Burial Ground). Mr.
Mack has a M.A. degree in biological anthropology from the University of
Massachusetts and is currently a doctoral candidate in biological
anthropology at the University of Florida.

 

Brenda Plummer

University of Wisconsin-Madison, received the 1998 Myrna Bernath Prize awarded by the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations for her book, Rising Wind: Black Americans and U.S. Foreign Affairs, 1935-1960. Other publications include Haiti and the Great Powers, 1902-1915 (1988), and Haiti: The Psychological Moment (1992).

 

Natasha R. Ray

Senior Staff Counsel, California Department of Insurance
With Ms. Leslie Tick, Ms. Natasha Ray directs the Departments efforts to collect information relating to slavery era insurance policies, including drafting the regulations to implement the statute, getting those implements passed, and enforcement and follow up with the insurers.

 

Suzette Spencer PH.D candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is completing a dissertation about maroonage in African American and Caribbean literatures. She is this year’s Center for Black Studies Dissertation Scholar. Her publications center on Black women, African Diaspora literatures and slavery.
Brenda Stevenson

Professor and Chair, History Department
University of California Los Angeles
From Bondage to Freedom: Slavery in America
Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South Gender Convention, Ideals and Identity Among Antebellum Virginia Slave Women; Black Family Structure in Colonial and Antebellum Virginia: Amending The Revisionists Slave Family and Housing: In Ted Ownby Abolition; Abolition

 

Leslie E. Tick

Senior Staff Counsel, California Department of Insurance
With Ms. Natasha Ray, Ms. Tick directs the Departments efforts to collect information relating to slavery era insurance policies, including drafting the regulations to implement the statute, getting those implements passed, and enforcement and follow up with the insurers.