See below for the summit itinerary.

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Day 1
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
KSU Center Room 400

  • Time
  • 8:00am - 8:30am
  • 8:30am - 9:00am

    Dr. Nuru Akinyemi, Director, Center for African & African Diaspora Studies.

    Dr. Lance Askildson, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Chief International Officer.

    Dr. Robert H. “Robin” Dorff, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • 9:15am - 10:45am
    Keynote Speech: Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases: Why Their Lives Matter Today

    Hank Klibanoff,  James M. Cox Professor of Journalism. Director of the Journalism Program and Director of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 10:45am - 12:15pm
    Panel A I - Transnational Civil & Human Rights Issues I

    Chair, Dr. Debarati Sen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University. 

    Zac Peterson, Georgia State University, “A Luta Continua: The American Committee on Africa in the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1994.”

    Olugbenga Samuel Afolabi, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, “Are We Not Equals? Historical and Contemporary Discourse of Human Rights in Nigeria.”

    Susanta Kumar Mallick, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, “Barik Movement in Odisha (India): A Voice Against Humiliation.”

    James Pope, Africa Now! Pacifica Radio, “El Hajj El Shabazz (Malcolm X): Continuities in a Critical Human Rights Consciousness Discourse.”

    P. J. Edwards, El Refugio, and Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, Kennesaw State University, “El Refugio: Finding Refuge for Detained Immigrants and their Families in Georgia.”
  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Panel A II - Transnational Civil & Human Rights Issues II

    Chair, Dr. Chenaz Seelarbokus, Associate Professor of Political Science, Kennesaw State University.

    Mazida Khan, Kennesaw State University, “The Civil and Human Rights Movement for Muslims in the West.”

    Meynardo P. Mendoza, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, “Jimmy Carter, Human Rights and the Philippines: Upholding Human Rights in a US-Sponsored Authoritarian Regime.”

    Ferdinand O. Ottoh, University of Lagos, Nigeria, “Reinventing Civil Society for the Protection of Human Rights in a Democratic System: The Nigerian Case.”

    Keisha Brown, University of Southern California, “Transnational Calls for Solidarity: Mao Zedong and the Civil Rights Movement.”

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Panel A III – Symposium: Structural Violence: Reinventing the Intersection of Human Rights and Transnational Crime

    Chair, Richard Thomas, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.

    Nancy Acevedo, Wellstar College of Health and Human Services, Kennesaw State University.

    Adrienne McCarthy, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University.

    Jordan Mazurek, School of Justice Studies, Eastern Kentucky University.

  • 5:00pm - 6:30 pm
    Panel A IV - Undergraduate Student Panel: Literature, Civil and Human Rights

    Chair, Dr. Bill Rice, Professor and Chair, Department of English, Kennesaw State University.

    Bria Hamm, Kennesaw State University, “Across the Veld: United Against the Violation of Civil Rights During the Apartheid Era in South Africa.”

    Todd Parker Clancy, Kennesaw State University, “Abuse and the Formation of the Body: A Critique of the Human Rights Violations Inherent to the Penal System.”

    Diana Kovalchuk, Kennesaw State University, "Semiotic Analysis of Power and Fear in 'The man'"

    Cori Van Heukelom, Knnesaw State University, "The Naturalization of Oppression in 'The Man'"

    Ensley Caldwell, Kennesaw State University, "Perceptual Codes and the Interpretation of Narrative"

    Samantha Maxwell, Kennesaw State University, "The Construction of Myth in 'The Man'"

    Laura McCarter, Kennesaw State University, "The Power of Metaphor in 'The Man'"

    Hannah Smith, Kennesaw State University, "'The Man:' Truths Behind the Fiction"

    Amanda Slaughter, Kennesaw State University, "The Dictator, the Man, and Change in 'The Man'”

  • 6:45pm - 7:30pm
    Dinner Banquet
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm

    Laurence Sherr, "Remembering the Silenced Voices of Holocaust Song Creators: Weaving Songs of Resistance and Survival into a New Cello Sonata"



Day 2
Thursday, October 29, 2015
KSU Center Room 400

  • Time
  • 9:15 am - 10:45am
    Panel B I – Contemporary Issues in U.S. Civil and Human Rights

    Chair, Dr. Sarita Gregory, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kennesaw State University.

    Courtney Thompson, Sewanee: The University of the South, “I, Too Am A First-Class Citizen: Black Women’s Activism During the Civil Rights Movement.”

    Jody Berman, University of Florida, “Race, Humor and Subversion in the Works of Four Artists.”

    Itai Sneh, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, “The Parade was Rained Upon but Not Hailed: The Contested Advance in the Rights of Prisoners in Light of the Struggle of African Americans for Citizenship.”

    Ellen Reeves, “Greening Transitional Justice: What Role Does Environmental Justice Play in Transitional Justice.”

  • 10:45am - 12:15am
    Panel B II - Contemporary Issues in U.S. Civil and Human Rights II

    Chair, Professor Tom Pynn, Senior Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies and Coordinator of Peace Studies Program, Kennesaw State University.

    Darlene Xiomara Rodriguez, Kennesaw State University, “Building Bridges or Strengthening Bonds? How Latino Non-Profit Organizations Navigate Resource Dependencies.”

    Gabriel J. Atchison, “The Color of Innocence: Racism and the Effort to Save America’s Prostituted Youth.”

    Claire Daniel, Tulane University, “Pathology and Path-Breaking: Young Parents’ Rights in New Mexico.”

    Albert Slomovitz, Kennesaw State University, “How Hateful was the United States Supreme Court?”

  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Keynote Speech: The March Toward An African Charter of Human Rights

    Dr. Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Professor of French and Philosophy, Columbia University, New York.

    Introduction by Dr. Oumar Cherif Diop, Associate Professor of Post-Colonial Literature, Kennesaw State University.

  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Panel B III - Roundtable Discussion: Conversation with Elders

    Chair, Dr. Akanmu G. Adebayo, Professor of History and Director, Center for Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University.

    Veterans of the American Civil Rights Movement discuss their experience organizing, protesting and demanding social justice, civil rights and human dignity.


    Franklin Delano Williams, civil rights activist, involved in creation of NAACP Youth Chapter, Malcolm X Liberation University, and Student Organization for Black Unity.

  • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
    Panel B - IV Roundtable Discussion: The Press, The Courts and Civil Rights Cold Cases

    Chair, Dr. Leonard Witt, Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair of Communication, and Director, Center for Sustainable Journalism.


    Hank Klibanoff, Professor of Journalism, Emory University & Director, Civil Rights Cold Cases Project. (Formerly of the Atlanta Journal Constitution).

    John Fleming, Center for Sustainable Journalism, Kennesaw State University. (Formerly of the Anniston Star and Reuters).

    Andrew Sheldon, Attorney at Law, SheldonSinrich; Southern Truth and Reconciliation (START). Consultant in the trial of unresolved Civil Rights murder cases from the 1960s.

  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Break for Dinner
  • 7:30pm - 10:00pm
    Social Science 1021 - Performance Arts and Civil Rights


    Oral Moses & The Georgia Spiritual Ensemble “The Negro Spiritual: A National Treasure”


    Performance of the PLAY: Night Blooms
    Playwright: Margaret Baldwin, Kennesaw State University
    Director: Karen Robinson, Kennesaw State University.
    Featuring theatre and performance studies students, faculty, and guest artist Chris Kayser.


Day 3
Friday, October 30, 2015
KSU Center Room 400

  • Time
  • 9:15am - 10:45am
    Panel C I – Fiction and Civil & Human Rights: Local to Global, Past and Present

    Chair, Dr. Brandon Lundy, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Associate Director, PhD in International Conflict Management Program.

    Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson and Oumar Cherif Diop, Kennesaw State University, “WRighting Fiction: The Struggle for Civil and Human Rights in African Literature.”

    Robbie Lieberman, Kennesaw State University, “Racial Equality and Peace.”

    Bill Rice, Kennesaw State University, “The White Church and Its Reaction to the Civil Rights Movement.”

    Tony Grooms, Kennesaw State University, “The Vain Conversation.”

  • 10:45am - 12:15pm
    Panel C II – Visual & Performance Arts and Human Rights

    Chair, Sarasij Majumder, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Kennesaw State University.

    “YaYa’s Geechee Tale: The Creation of Art as a Platform for Activism.”

    Staged Reading by Nayasia Coleman, Kennesaw State University.

    “Our Forgotten Daughters: The “Comfort Women” of World War II.” Using a visual inquiry model, participants will uncover the significance of an installation work, “Our Forgotten Korean Daughters: The 'Comfort Women' of the Japanese Military.” By Sandra Bird, Kennesaw State University and Miwon Choe, Western Kentucky University.

  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Social Science 1021 – Documentary: Conversations with Generation Y

    The Millennial Generation discuss contemporary and potential future issues of Social Justice, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Human Dignity in the Hip Hop age.
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Social Science 1021 – Panel C III – Economics, Culture and Civil Rights

    Chair, Dr. Jesse Benjamin, Associate Professor of Sociology and African & African Diaspora Studies

    Enrico Beltramini, Notre Dame de Namur University, “Economic Matters: Economic Theory and Civil Rights Strategies in the United States in the 1960s.”

    “I’ll Fly Away: Stories of African Homecoming in Historical, Linguistic and Cultural Protests of the Sea Island Geechee-Gullah People.”


    Dr. Seneca Vaught, Kennesaw State University

    Dr. Jeanne Law Bohannon, Kennesaw State University

    Ms. Ciara Morris, Kennesaw State University

  • 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Social Science 1021 – Film Screening: Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

    The film is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present.

    Post-Film Discussion Participants:

    Dr. Alan LeBaron, Kennesaw State University

    Dr. Ernesto Silva, Kennesaw State University


Optional Tour - From Civil Rights to Human Rights: The Atlanta Story
Saturday, October 31, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm

Bus transportation will be provided to the following locations: