Boston University Conference to Explore Racial, National, and Ethnic Characteristics of Afro-Asian 20th Century

Contact: Tom Testa, 617/353-2240 |

(Boston, Mass.) — The African American Studies Program at Boston University will host its conference “Race, Nation, and Ethnicity in the Afro-Asian Century” on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 in the BU Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s Street. Opening remarks by Ronald Richardson, director of the African American Studies Program, will be followed by two days of presentations and discussions on the theme of the formation and significance of racial, national and ethnic identities among African and Asian descent populations in the 20th century.
Harvard Law School Professor Randall L. Kennedy will deliver the conference’s keynote lecture, “African, Colored, Negro, Black, African-American: A History of Black Collective Self-Naming.” Kennedy will lecture at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10 in room 101 of Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Ave.
The conference also will feature a lecture by African-American documentary filmmaker Reggie Life, who will speak on the cultural challenges of filmmaking in Japan. His lecture will take place Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m. in room 906 of the Photonics Center. Life’s works include “After America After Japan” and “Struggle and Success: The African American Experience in Japan.”
Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s John Dower, the Elting E. Morison Professor of Japanese History, will discuss Japan’s emergence as an imperial power in the 20th century during the conference’s banquet address. Dower’s address, open only to conference participants and media, will be held in room 906 of the Photonics Center on April 10 at 8:30 p.m.
Except for Dower’s banquet address, lectures are free and open to the public. For further information, please call 617/353-2795.

Event: “Race, Nation, and Ethnicity
in the Afro-Asian Century”
African American Studies Program Conference

Date: Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Place: Boston University Photonics Center
8 Saint Mary’s Street, Room 906
Boston, Mass