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May 14, 2014

Emory Announces Participants of NEH Summer Institute on Black Aesthetics

Contact Rachael Walters, rachael [dot] walters [at] emory [dot] edu, 404.727.1687

ATLANTA  – Emory University is pleased to announce the participants of a three-week summer institute, Black Aesthetics and African Centered Cultural Expressions: Sacred Systems in the Nexus between Cultural Studies, Religion and Philosophy.”

Selected from more than 140 applications, the 25 summer scholars are comprised of faculty members, independent scholars and graduate students from across the United States. They will have the opportunity to examine the past, present and future of black aesthetics during the institute, which was funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 Complete list of participants:

  • Maria Abegunde, Indiana University
  • D. Denenge Akpem, Columbia College of Chicago
  • Alma Billingslea, Spelman College
  • Joanne Braxton, College of William and Mary
  • Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, Agnes Scott College
  • Paul Bryant-Jackson, Miami University
  • Patricia Davis, Georgia State University
  • Thomas Desch-Obi, City University of New York, Baruch College
  • Tanya Fernando, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Patricia Fox, Independent Scholar
  • Nettrice Gaskins, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Tiffany Lee, University of Wisconsin
  • Gillam Reighan, University of Michigan
  • Artisia Green, College of William and Mary
  • Oliver Greene, Georgia State University
  • Deborah Holton, DePaul University
  • Iyelli Ichile, Temple University
  • Imani Johnson, East Tennessee State University
  • Karma Johnson, The Cooper Union
  • Norman Reid, Independent Scholar
  • Sandra Shannon, Howard University
  • Althea Tait, SUNY, The College at Brockport
  • Dominic Taylor, University of Minnesota
  • Hameed Williams, Goddard College
  • Jean Young, University of Georgia

The institute will be held on Emory’s campus July 13 – August 1, and feature lectures, workshops and public performances led by historians, art historians, musicologists, religious studies scholars and artists.

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