6th Annual Toni Cade Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference
Women’s Research & Resource Center
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

Thursday • March 23, 2006

11:00 am – Noon • Big Mama’s Convocation

7:30 pm – Until • SisterFire!
Women’s only open-mic, featuring founder L’Erin Assantwaa (Class of 2003) and International Hip Hop Ambassador Toni Blackman.

Friday • March 24, 2006

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Reunion Luncheon

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Speakers Corner @ Market Friday

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Opening Celebration and Reception (Co-Sponsored with Spelman College WISDOM Center)

Featuring Spelman College’s Resonance, Author Pearl Cleage Class of 1971, Intown Afro-Rhythms with Randall Vaughn, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall Class of 1966, Dr. M. Bahati Kuumba, Alice Lovelace, Fallon Wilson Class of 2005, Teresa Leggard Class of 2005, Tiona McClodden, Stephen Winkler, Intisar Abioto, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity, Karma Bambara and host Malika Redmond Class of 2002.

Saturday • March 25, 2006

9:00 am -10:15 am Back to the Roundtable: Registration, Continental Breakfast and A Guided Centering Cosby Building 2nd Floor Women’s Center Lounge (Conference overview, Big Mama’s Convocation video!)

10:20 am - 11:35 am Concurrent Sessions (A)

A-1: Feminized Femininity: A look at Femininity from a Queer Perspective
Cosby Room 224
Facilitator: Alysia Burdette (Class of 2006)
Comparative Women’s Studies (CWS) and Sociology Major
Founding Member: Sigma Nu Omega Sorority Inc.
Member: SisterFire, Afrekete, Big Mama’s Roundtable, Toni Cade Bambara Collective

Presenter: Taliba Sikudhani Shields (Class of 2006)
Georgia State University

Presenter: Marla Renee Stewart (Class of 2009)
Georgia State University

A-2: Shading the Ground on Which We Walk: Young Black Feminists
Furthering Scholar-Activism
Cosby Room 214
Facilitator: Leana Cabral CWS Major (Class of 2006)
Presenters: Moya Bailey (Class of 2005)
Danielle Deadwyler (Class of 2004)
Fallon Wilson (Class of 2005)
Takkara Brunson (Class of 2005)

A-3: Transnationally Connected: Thoughts from the Diaspora
Cosby Room 217
Facilitator: Dr. Patricia McFadden
“The Roles of Women in Haitian History: Slavery to Freedom - A Journey through Time”
Presenter: Lisa Marie Pierre (Class of 2007)
Psychology/Women’s Studies

“’Good Morning, Africa!’: Dreams and Identity in Morocco”
Presenter: Chantal James (Class of 2007)
Philosophy Major, Creative Writing Minor Spelman College
Member: Big Mama’s Roundtable, SisterFire, and The Dark Tower Project

“Higglering as Activism: Interviews with Four Jamaican Women”
Presenter: Paris Hatcher
Program Coordinator
Georgians for Choice

“The Honoring of Women in Uganda”
Presenter: Abena Agyeman-Fisher (Class of 2001)

“The ‘Hands Off Assata’ Movement”
Presenter: Amber Brown (Class of 2006)
Comparative Women’s Studies (CWS) Major
Member, Afrekete, Toni Cade Bambara Collective

11:40-12:55 pm Concurent Sessions (B)

B-1: Identity and Stigmatization: Reflections on Black Women’s Agency
Cosby Room 217
Facilitator: Nicole Barden Class of 2009
“Women in Advertisements: Roles, Representations & Realities”
Presenter: Katrina Howard (Class of 2007)
Political Science Major

“Black Female/Male Relationship Dynamics”
Presenter: Jiel Latimer (Class of 2007)
Comparative Women’s Studies (CWS) Major
President of Seven

“’Smile Please’: Searching for Humor in Diasporic Women’s Writing”
Presenter: Jalylah Burell (Class of 2002)

“’Are Your Hands Clean?’ Social and Political Dimensions of the New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies”
Presenter: Ruha Bengamin (Class of 2001)
Founder/Member: SASSAFRAS
Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Univ. of California-Berkeley

“Eugenic Practices on Black Women's Bodies”
Presenter: Cara Page
Committee on Women Population and the Environment

B-2: The Mis-Education of the Negro: Creating Pro-Active Pedagogies
Cosby Room 214
Facilitator: Dr. Al-Yasha Ilhaam
“Culturally Responsive Pedagogy”
Presenter: Morgan Faison (Class of 2007)
Child Development Major

“Bridging the Digital Divide in the Black Community”
Presenter: Alison Arleigh Guillory (Class of 2006)
Comparative Women’s Studies (CWS) Major
Member: Afrekete, Toni Cade Bambara Collective

“Montessori Science, Philosophy, and Universal Applications”
Presenter: Nicole Dixon (Class of 2003)

“The Contaminant of Fear/ Exposing the Interlocking Systems of Oppression Directed towards Children”
Presenter: Iyabo Kwayana (Class of 2001)

“Black Women Librarians: A Tradition of Social and Cultural Activism”
Presenter: Taneya Gethers (Class of 2002)
Sociology Major
Graduate Student in Library and information Science, Drexel University
Founding Member: SASSAFRAS, Big Mama’s Roundtable,
Member, Toni Cade Bambara Collective

B-3: Definitions of Womanhood and Sexuality in Religious Faith Traditions
Cosby Room 224
Facilitator/Discussant: Lauren Clark (Class of 2007)
Comparative Women’s Studies/Music/
Sociology/Anthropology/ Pre-Med Major
Member: Sigma Alpha Iota Intl., Toni Cade Bambara Collective,
Amnesty Intl., Health Careers Association, and Atlanta University Orchestra Topic View: Hebrewism

Discussant: Dr. Franita Ware
Associate Professor, Education Department, Spelman College
Topic View: Buddhism and Spirituality

Discussant: Dr. Janette Rodriquez
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Spelman College
Topic View: Catholicism

Discussant: Grace Lynis
History Major, Spelman College Gateway Program
Topic View: African Spirituality and Religious Faith Traditions

“S.W.I.T.C.H.E.S.: The Successful Woman In Total Charge of herself for Everyday Survival”
Presenter: Dr. Eugie Tindal Kirkpatrick

1:00 pm -2:30 pm Luncheon Manley Student Center Atrium
* Lunch will be available in the Spelman Cafeteria for $5, feel free to bring your own lunch*

“Generations of Resistance: Sisterhoods of Scholar Activism at Spelman and Beyond”
Malika Redmond Class of 2002, Sarah Thompson Class of 2006, Leana Cabral Class of 2006, Dr. Layli Phillips Class of 1984, and Earnestine Brazeal Class of 1963

2:35 pm -3:50 pm Workshops 1

“Bombing of Osage Avenue” A Film by Toni Cade Bambara Cosby Room 224
Discussion of one of Toni Cade Bambara’s most famous film projects.
Facilitators: Valerie and Malika Redmond

Plenary of Scholar-Activist Faculty Cosby Room 217
Learn strategies for navigating the patriarchal and Eurocentric constructions in higher education.
Facilitator: Sheri Davis (Class of 2001)
Presenters: Dr. Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, Dr. M. Bahati Kuumba, Dr. Patricia McFadden, Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall

Breath Beyond Beyonce: Reclaiming the Sacred Self Cosby Room 214
Facilitator: L’erin Assantwaa (Class of 2003)
Explore archetypal images of black woman that are created and perpetuated by popular culture, specifically focusing on the way they have formed our self concepts as Black Women.

3:55 pm -5:10 pm Workshops 2

I Rhyme Like a Girl!! Cosby Room 214
Facilitator: Toni Blackman
Learn to freestyle in a positive and nurturing environment.

Connecting Women for Peace Cosby Room 224
Facilitator: Kristen Morehead (Class of 2002)
In the “Women Connecting for Peace” workshop, we the participants are asked to allow ourselves to honor and strengthen our own innate ability to connect with one another as something powerful. Through participating in Sister Circles, we recognize that our stories, when shared intimately and directly, almost always lead to a sense of commonality rather than difference. We become aware that these connections are powerful components for transformational peace and supportive actions.

“Maroon Media for Sistahs” Cosby Room 217
Facilitator: Thandisizwe Chimuringa
Community Media Activist
Founder of the Ida B. Wells Institute
An examination of the role of media in the African American struggle for liberation. The workshop will provide hands-on introduction to grassroots radio technology and strategies for creating and distributing

5:15 pm -7:00 pm Dinner and a Movie Women’s Center Lounge

Screening of the award winning documentary Sisters on the Sojourn
Facilitator: Treston Faulkner
Questions and Answer: Moya Bailey Class of 2005, Takkara Brunson Class of 2005, Pier Smith Class of 2006, Sarah Thompson Class of 2006, Alysia Burdette Class of 2006, Chantal James Class of 2007, Leana Cabral Class of 2006