Blacks in Boston Conference

Blacks in Boston is a conference series conceived of by former Boston College Black Studies Director Amanda V. Houston. These conferences addressed subjects such as blacks in metropolitan Boston, the struggle for equal education, the relationships between Irish and black Bostonians, and the role of immigrants of African descent in the development and evolution of Boston’s black communities.

Blacks in Boston Conference

2022 Blacks in Boston Conference
“Fifty Years of Black Studies in Boston”

April 9, 2022
Boston College, Gasson 100

FREE and open to the public. Deadline to register is April 4th.

Panel 1 Reflecting on Black Studies At and Beyond Boston College

  • 10:00–11:30 a.m.

    Aminah Fernandes Pilgrim, Faculty of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Critical Ethnic & Community Studies, and Africana Studies, University of Massachusetts-Boston

  • Faith Smith, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and English, Brandeis University

  • Cynthia Young, Associate Professor of African American Studies, English, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

  • Moderator: Martin Summers, Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies and Director of AADS, Boston College

Virtual Walking Tour of Blacks at Boston College

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Professor Rhonda Frederick, Associate Professor of English and African and African Diaspora Studies, Boston College

Panel 2 Remembering Black Studies at Boston College

  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

    Ufuoma C. Abiola (’06), Executive Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Columbia Business School

    Darcel Denise Clark ('83), Bronx County District Attorney, Member of Boston College Board of Trustees

  • Juan Concepcion (’96), Director, Senior Legal Counsel, Boston Scientific

  • Rui Gomes (’96), Operational Leader for Secondary School Regions, Boston Public Schools

  • Zebulon Miletsky (’06), Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History, Stony Brook University

  • Moderator: Karen Miller, Associate Professor of the Practice, History, Boston College

Keynote Address

  • 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

    Régine Jean-Charles, Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice, Director of Africana Studies, and Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University