Black masculinity will be the focus of the 21st annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE) hosted by UNCG’s African American Studies Program Oct. 14-16. Open to the public, the event will explore its subject from a wide array of perspectives, including education, politics, religion and the arts.
“We know we have such great potential for leadership and achievement among men in the African-American community,” said Dr. Tara T. Green, director of the African American Studies Program. “How can we more effectively tap into that? How can we help more black men turn that potential into success?”
Dr. Michael Dantley, an educational leadership, critical spirituality and social justice scholar, will deliver the keynote address at the conference, which has the theme “Exploring Black Masculinities Across Multiple Landscapes: A Global Perspective.” He serves as associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs and is also a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University of Ohio.
Dantley will speak about the radical and resistant role African-American men play in the academic world, bringing about change through teaching, scholarship and service. His lecture will examine the prophetic, pragmatic and purpose-driven work of African-American male intellectuals and challenge the audience to view this work as fundamental to the reinvention of educational institutions and society itself.
Green and Dr. C.P. Gause, an associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, have planned the conference along with former Alvin Ailey dancer Duane Cyrus, an assistant professor of dance at UNCG. The conference will feature presentations from Cyrus Art Production and another former Alvin Ailey dancer, Aubrey Lynch, who was also associate choreographer and producer for Disney’s “The Lion King.”
Registration costs $175 and includes a tour and reception at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Thursday, lunch Friday, and breakfast Saturday.
The Literary Café on Thursday evening, organized by Cyrus, will combine readings and dance, and will be held at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, where tours will be available and a reception will be held. Admission to the Literary Café is included for those who are attending the conference. For those who wish to attend only the Literary Café, admission costs $25.
CACE examines critical and timely African-American-related issues and perspectives to engage students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the exploration and discussion of these topics and ideas. CACE was initiated in 1990 by the UNCG Department of Religious Studies and seeks to promote a better understanding of the various facets of African-American culture and experience.