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Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2004

IU Bloomington to host Association for Black Culture Centers' national conference

Theme is "Politics of Identity in the New Millennium"

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington will co-host the 14th annual national conference of the Association for Black Culture Centers. This will be the first time that the university has hosted the event.

Papers are now being sought for presentation at the conference, to be held Nov. 4-7 in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center -- which has become a major hub of activity since its dedication in January 2002 -- and the Indiana Memorial Union. The theme for the conference is "Black Culture Centers and the Politics of Identity in the New Millennium."

The association is accepting 200-word abstracts of papers on topics ranging from gender and class issues to hip-hop culture and values to Africentric education and self-empowerment. The deadline for submitting is Monday (Aug. 9). A complete list of topics for discussion and submission guidelines is available on the ABCC Web site at

The four keynote presenters will be IU President Adam Herbert; Molefi Asante, author and founder of the African American Studies Department at Temple University, the first program to offer a Ph.D. in African American studies; Delores Aldridge, the Grace Towns Hamilton professor of sociology and African American studies at Emory University; and a performance ensemble, The Spoken Word.

ABCC, based at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., is an organization that seeks to reclaim, critique and perpetuate the culture of people of African descent through networking, caretaking and institutionalizing black and multicultural centers. Its membership includes more than 200 centers across the United States, West Africa and the Caribbean.

The registration deadline to attend the conference is Oct. 4. The cost will be $200 for the general public, $150 for ABCC institutional members and $100 for students. Registrations received after Oct. 4 will be subject to a late charge and can be done at the association's Web site.

For more information about the conference, contact ABCC Executive Director Fred Lee Hord at 309-341-7862 or