About this Event
1 Park Place, Athens, Ohio 45701
Central Region Humanities | Black Life in the Ohio Valley, Sept 9-10
The Central Region Humanities Center's fall conference is Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Baker Center Theater. The theme is "Black Life in the Ohio Valley."
The primary facilitator will be Jack Marchbanks, Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, who earned a Ph.D. in history from Ohio University in 2018.
The keynote address, titled "Diversity in the Heartland: Exploring the Growth and Impact of Rural Diversity Upon Ohio's Small-Town Cultures and Characters," will be delivered by Ric Sheffield, Chair of the American Studies Department and Professor of Legal Studies and Sociology at Kenyon College. Professor Sheffield will deliver his address at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Other presentations will include a panel on Black history museums and monuments in Ohio, a screening of portions of a new film series about Black life in the Midwest, and paper presentations about a variety of topics, including the Underground Railroad, Black labor activists, and Black ministers in the region.
The conference will be free and open to the public.