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Annual Africa Conference

The Department of History, Political Science, Geography, and Africana Studies at Tennessee State University hosts a one-day Africa Conference each year on current topics involving United States and Africa relations. The conference features a keynote speaker who is a noted individual in the area of interest and provides research and information to share with conference participants.

We invite academics, independent scholars, policymakers, and graduate students to present papers at the Africa Conference. Our next conference will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015. The theme will be: “The Struggle for Human and Civil Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora in Historical Perspective.” Abstracts for papers are due on December 28, 2014 and are subject to the guidelines of the Conference Conveners.

Student Opportunities
Students at Tennessee State University
who are interested in African and Diasporic Studies and capable of challenging intellectual debate are also welcome to present papers. Interested faculty members may elect to submit proposals for student panels. Both options are subject to the guidelines of the Conference Conveners. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are due on December 28, 2014.

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Bessie House-Soremekun,
Public Scholar in African American Studies, Civic Engagement, and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Africana Studies, and the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Guest Speaker
Mrs. Elizabeth McClain
, Civil rights activist and retired Professor of African-American History, Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Africana Studies, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Conference Venue
Tennessee State University - Avon Williams Campus
330 Tenth Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Publication of Selected Papers
Selected conference papers will be published as a book.

Conference Fees
Required registration fees (per person) and deadlines are as listed below:

Regular: $50 (now until December 31, 2014); $60 (January 1-February 27, 2015). Both prices include the Conference Banquet.

Graduate Students: $25 (now until December 31, 2014); $30 (January 1-February 27, 2015). Both prices include the Conference Banquet.

Conference
Banquet Only: $25 (now until February 13, 2015).

TSU Students: Admission to the Conference is free. The cost to attend the Conference Banquet is $25. The deadline for payment is February 13, 2015.

Please make all checks payable to Tennessee State University. All fees are non-refundable.

Coming soon...an online payment option.

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