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What If Du Bois had Twitter? Trailer for Black Thought 2.0 Conference

April 6-7, 2012
Duke University
The John Hope Franklin Center

Black Thought 2.0 will focus on the roles of digital technology and social media in furthering the mission of Black Studies. The conference will specifically explore how scholars are using technologies to further their research, do collaborative forms of scholarship and activism, and to reach broader audiences.

*All panels will be streamed and tweeted live

Friday April 6, 2012

John Hope Franklin Center Gallery Space

Keynote Address—7:00 pm
Black Futures: Doing Black Studies in a Connected World

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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