Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration, April 23-25, 2018 at the Carolina Theatre, Durham NC

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Black Communities: A Conference for Collaboration

April 23-25, 2018

Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

The University of North Carolina (UNC) will host a multi-disciplinary conference to connect academic researchers and community members in efforts to document, preserve, safeguard and enhance the life of Black communities across North America.

Conference Structure

  • Keynote addresses by nationally recognized speakers
  • Dynamic presentations by community leaders and academic researchers
  • Breakout discussions highlighting the knowledge and needs of communities/researchers
  • Workshops & local tours
  • Film screenings and other arts-related programming

Why Attend

  • Join a global network of community leaders, researchers and others committed to understanding the past, present and future of Black communities
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges facing Black communities
  • Share your knowledge and/or research about Black communities
  • Network with a diverse group of attendees including community members, historians, artists, public health experts, activists and more
  • Access useful resources including new data sources and archival materials
  • Experience a highly-interactive, innovative conference with unique workshops and excursions

Academic Audience

Academic audience includes professors, postdocs and students representing a broad range of academic disciplines who want to:

  • Build new partnerships with Black communities interested in research collaboration
  • Network with other academics interested in interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Interact with invited publishers/editors who will be on hand to meet with potential new authors
  • Learn about successful approaches to engaged research with Black communities

Community Audience

Community audience includes public officials, clergy, NGO representatives and informal leaders from Black communities across North America who want to:

  • Build new partnerships with researchers who can directly benefit the community
  • Network with other Black community leaders
  • Learn how to collect and preserve oral histories and archive historical and cultural artifacts



Mark Little • • 919.962.1041 or Karla Slocum • • 919.962.6810

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Black Communities website


UNC Organizers: Institute of African American Research • NCGrowth • Southern Historical Collection • Center for the Study of the American South • Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise