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    Date: Wed, 23 Sep 98 09:12:40 EDT
    From: Gladys Smiley Bell <GBELL@KENTVM.KENT.EDU>

    Inaugural World
    Conference of the Black Expressive Culture Studies Association

    November 19-21, 1998
    Keynote Speaker
    Chinua Achebe

    Hosted by the Black Expressive Culture Studies Association and the Institute
    for African American Affairs in Pan-African Studies through the Office of
    Public Service and Outreach in the College of Continuing Studies.
    You are invited to participate in the Inaugural World Conference of the
    Black Expressive Culture Studies Association scheduled for November 19-21,
    1998 in Kent, Ohio. Please join us in one or more of the ways described in
    this notification. A tentative outline of the program is provided below to
    help you determine your participation or contribution.
    Dr. O. B. Traore and Dr. Diedre Badejo
    Conference Committee members

    Program Outline
    "Celebrating Black Expressive Culture," the central theme of the conference,
    is explored from three major angles, which are formulated as organizing
    themes discussed in plenary sessions to be followed by concurrent panels.
    Thursday, November 19
    9:00-10:30am Opening Plenary: Theories and Approached to
    Black Experience
    10:45am-12:15pm Concurrent Panels
    12:30-1:45 Free time and association business meeting
    2:00-3:30pm Concurrent Panels
    3:45-5:15pm Concurrent Panels
    5:30-6:30pm Art exhibit and theatrical performance

    Friday, November 20
    8:30-9:00am Welcoming Address by Dr. Carol A. Cartwright,
    President, Kent State University
    9:00-10:30am Symposium Plenary: Situating Achebe and _Things
    Fall Apart_ in African World Literary Studies (2-3 speakers)
    10:45am-12:15pm Concurrent Panels
    12:30-1:45pm Luncheon with speakers (optional)
    2:00-3:30pm Concurrent Panels
    3:45-5:15pm Concurrent Panels
    7:30-8:30pm Keynote Address: Achebe Speaks

    Saturday, November 21
    9:00-10:30am Plenary: Black Expressivity: Cultural and
    Scholarly Infrastructures (2-3 speakers)
    10:45am-12:15pm Concurrent Panels
    12:30-1:45pm Free time and association business meeting
    2:00-3:30pm Concurrent Panels
    3:45-5:15pm Concurrent Panels
    5:30-6:45pm Dinner dance with speakers (optional)

    1. The plenary sessions will map out major areas of theoretical,
    critical, and ideological interest in order to establish dialogues and
    discussions between and among the panelists and the audience. Each session
    has a specific theme to be tackled from the vantage points of the panelists'
    own aesthetic and ideological orientations.
    2. The themes and subthemes of plenary sessions are then explored in
    the subsequent panels, which may be interdisciplinary or area-specific,
    depending on accepted panel and paper proposals.

    If you would like to participate in this conference, complete and return the
    registration form-along with your membership dues to the Black Expressive
    Culture Studies Association if applicable.
    Please extend this invitation to friends and colleagues that may have been
    missed by sending them a copy of this message.
    Conference Fee (includes the plenary and panel sessions, keynote
    presentation, and materials): Preregistration--$70 for members and $85 for
    nonmembers; students $25. Other fees: Friday luncheon $12; Saturday dinner
    dance $20. On-site registration (at a higher fee) may be available if space
    Location and Lodging: Conference sessions will be held at Kent State
    University, Kent, Ohio, and the Sheraton Suites, 1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga
    Falls, Ohio. The Sheraton Suites has a block of rooms reserved at a special
    rate of $92 for single and double rooms, tax not included. A $15 per person
    charge will be assessed for additional people. All reservations should be
    made directly by calling the Sheraton Suites at (800)325-5788 or
    (330)920-7505. Please mention that you are attending the Inaugural World
    Conference of the Black Expressive Culture Studies Association. After
    October 20, 1998, these rooms will be released for general sale; however,
    the hotel will continue to accept reservations on a space-available basis.
    Additional lodging is also available at the intersection of State Route 43
    and Interstate 76, about four miles from the Kent Campus. Arrangements for
    lodging should be made directly with these establishments: call the Holiday
    Inn at (330)678-0101 or the Hampton Inn at (330)677-9400.
    Shuttle Transportation: Kent State University will provide free airport
    shuttle 8:00pm on Thursday, November 19 and Sunday, November 22. Further
    information about this service will be provided in your conference
    confirmation letter. Shuttle One Service will also provide shuttle service
    for a fee. Shuttle One Service departs from the airport on the half hour
    and departs from the Sheraton Suites on the hour. Contact Shuttle One
    Service directly at (800)767-4767 or (330)494-5800 to make your reservations
    or for schedule and fare information to other area hotels.
    Special Airfare: US Airways has been designated as the official carrier for
    this conference and agrees to offer an exclusive low fare to the attendees.
    This special fare will offer a 5% discount off unrestricted coach fares will
    apply with 7 day advance reservation and ticketing required. Plan ahead and
    receive an additional 5% discount by ticketing 60 days or more prior to
    departure. These discounts are valid provided all rules and restrictions
    are met and are applicable for travel from all points on US Airways' route
    system. These discounts may not be combined with other discounts or
    promotions. Additional restrictions may apply on international travel.
    Discounts are valid between November 16-25, 1998. To obtain these
    discounts, you (or your professional travel consultant) must call the US
    Airways Meeting and Convention Reservation Office at (800)334-8644 between
    8:00am and 9:00am, Eastern Time. Select option "1" when making the call.
    Registration Information
    Mail form and fees to: Workshops, College of Continuing Studies, Kent State
    University, PO Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-001. You may also register by
    phone: (800)672-KSU2 (toll-free in Ohio) or (330)672-3100; by fax:
    (330)672-2079; via our website:
    or register in person: 204 Michael Schwartz Center on the Kent Campus.
    Please make check or money order payable to Kent State University, or pay by
    VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. We regret that cash cannot be accepted at
    the College of Continuing Studies office.
    Withdrawal/Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing.
    Cancellations made less than three working days prior to the conference are
    subject to a 20 percent nonrefundable fee. No cancellations will be
    accepted after the conference begins. If a program is canceled due to
    insufficient enrollment, all fees will be refunded. If you are unable to
    attend, you may arrange to have a substitute attend in your place.
    Substitutions may be made through the first day of the program.
    Additional Information: Questions about the conference should be directed to
    Carolyn Dukes at (330) 672-2300. If you have question about registration
    procedures contact the College of Continuing Studies at (330)672-3100.
    Noncredit Workshop Registration
    College of Continuing Studies
    Fall 1998

    Please register me for the Inaugural World
    Conference of the Black Expressive Culture
    Studies Association on November 19 - 21, 1998

    _____ Preregistration - members @ $70
    _____ Preregistration - nonmembers @ $85
    _____ Student rate @ $25
    _____ Optional Friday Luncheon @ $12
    _____ Optional Saturday Dinner Dance (cash bar) @ $20
    _____ Membership - $50 I would like join the Black Expressive
    Culture Studies Association (BECSA). Enclosed is a separate check
    or money order for $50 payable to the Black Expressive Culture Studies
    Payment Method:
    _____ Please bill my organization, at the address below, for


    _____ Enclosed is my check/money order for $_______________
    _____ I prefer to charge $__________ to my
    _____ MasterCard _____VISA _____Discover
    Card Number _________________________________________
    Signature _________________________________________

    Social Security/ID Number

    Legal Name (Please print) Last First M.I.

    All other names used at any educational institution (e.g. maiden)

    Home Address City State Zip

    Business or Organization Occupation or Job Title

    Home Phone Business Phone
    If you need disability accommodations, contact the College of Continuing
    Studies at (330) 672-3237. Also see Kent State University's access map at
    The registration deadline is two week before the start of the conference;
    however, late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis.
    Send completed enrollment form and payment to Workshops, College of
    Continuing Studies, Kent State University, PO Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242-0001,
    or fax your registration to (330)672-2079.

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