Black Thought 2.0: New Media & the Future of Black Studies

Black Thought 2.0: New Media & the Future of Black Studies

Next month, April 6-7, Duke University will be hosting an incredible meeting of minds: 

Black Thought 2.0: New Media & the Future of Black Studies. 



The program schedule is below, and you can find more information at HASTAC is proud to note that many of the speakers and panelists are our very own members! S. Craig Watkins will be giving the keynote, Allison Clark (Founder AMedia1/HASTAC), and Simone Browne (University of Texas at Austin) are just a few! Check out the link--come if you can. The entire conference will be streamed and tweeted live. 


Friday April 6, 2012


John Hope Franklin Center Gallery Space

Keynote Address—7:00 pm

S. Craig Watkins (University of Texas at Austin, author The Young & the Digital)

Introduced by Wahneema Lubiano (Associate Chair of African & African American Studies, Duke University)


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Panel #1 9-10:15 am

The Chocolate Supa Highway: Precursors to Black Social Media

Abdul Alkalimat  (University of Illinois)

Michelle Ferrier (Elon University)

Lynne d Johnson (Director of Strategy & Engagement at Whisprgroup)

Lee D. Baker (Moderator, Duke University)


Panel #2 10:30-11:45

On the Grid: Teaching and Researching in the Digital Age

Allison Clark (Founder AMedia1/HASTAC)

Kim Pearson (College of New Jersey)

Simone Browne (University of Texas at Austin)

Howard Rambsy II (Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville)

Thomas F. DeFrantz (Moderator, Duke University)


Noon-1:15 | Working Lunch—Social Media Demonstration


Panel #3 1:30-2:45 pm

From Jena Louisiana to Tahrir Square: Activism in the Age of Social Media

Jasiri X (Pittsburg based artist & activist)

Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Broken Beautiful Press/Mobile Homecoming Project)

Moya Bailey (Emory University/Crunk Feminist Collective)

Kimberly Ellis aka Dr. Goddess (artist, activist, historian)

Salamishah Tillett (University of Pennsylvania)

Treva Lindsey (Moderator, University of Missouri)


Panel #4 3:00-4:30

The Twitterati and Twitter-gentsia: Social Media and Public Intellectuals

Marc Lamont Hill (Columbia University/Our World with Black Enterprise)

Jay Smooth (Editor of Ill Doctrine)

Blair LM Kelley (North Carolina State University)

Latoya Peterson (Editor of Racialicious)

Imani Perry (Princeton University)

Mark Anthony Neal (Moderator, Duke University)

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