A Conference in Celebration of the Career of Thomas Holt

Regenstein Library, Room 122, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago 

April 29-30, 2016; 10am-6pm

In honor of University of Chicago historian Thomas C. Holt, Marking Race, Making History is a two-day conference on the past, present, and future of African-American history. 

ABOUT THOMAS C. HOLT 

Roger Hart / Michigan Photography, 2016

Thomas C. Holt, the James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of American and African American History at the University of Chicago, is the preeminent historian of the peoples of the African diaspora in North America. His writing and teaching, covering the United States, the Caribbean, and beyond, has transformed the way scholars understand the histories of slavery, freedom, and race, as well as the legacy of the African-American experience. The significance of Holt’s scholarship reaches beyond the academy, illustrating the power of the historical imagination to make history in the present. 

Roger Hart / Michigan Photography, 2016 

 

Conference Agenda

Friday, April 29

 

9:00 Coffee & muffins

 

9:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

Emilio Kouri, University of Chicago

Jonathan Levy, University of Chicago

Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University

 

10-11:30 Struggles for Humanity in the Post-Emancipation South

 

Chair:  Michael Dawson, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, University of Chicago

 

Gretchen Long, Williams College

Writing Freedom Down: African American Handwriting in the Early Years of Freedom

 

Adam Rowe, University of Chicago

The Problem of Freedom in the Civil War Era: The Nation and the Triumph of Liberalism over Republicanism, 1865-1870

        

Mark Schultz, Lewis University

Degrees of Segregation; Settlement Patterns, Black Farm Owners, and the Shaping of Rural Communities
    in Georgia and Arkansas

 

A J Aiseirithe, Director of the Wendell Phillips Bicentennial Project, Harvard University

Wendell Phillips’s Civil War: Beyond Praise or Blame

 

12-1  Lunch

 

1:00-2:30  From Civil Rights to Human Rights

        

Chair, Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago

 

 Laurie Green, University of Texas, Austin

Out of Mississippi: The Relational Politics of Hunger and Race in the Late 1960s

 

Quincy Mills, Vassar College

Raising Hell and Bail: The Danville, VA Demonstrations of 1963

 

Benjamin Talton, Temple University

The High Water Mark of Black Power: The 99th Congress and Constructive Engagement in South Africa and Ethiopia

 

2:30  Coffee break

 

3:00-4:30 The Problem of Race Around the World, Part  I

 

Chair: Elisa Camiscioli, Binghamton University

 

Jack Jin Gary Lee, University of California, San Diego

Law and the Architecture of Tyranny: On the Crafting of Crown Colony Government in Jamaica

 

Guy Emerson Mount, University of Chicago

A History of the Possible: Thomas C. Holt, C. Vann Woodward, and the

Recovery of a Black Pacific

 

Kate Bjork, Hamline University

Scouting for Empire: Indian Country Abroad

 

Nathan Connolly, Johns Hopkins University

The Strange Career of American Liberalism

 

 

 4:30  Roundtable

        

Introductions by Jonathan Levy, University of Chicago

 

Chair:  Julie Saville, University of Chicago

 

Allison Blakely, Boston University

 

Rebecca Scott, University of Michigan

 

Richard White, Stanford University

 

Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

 

Kenneth Warren, University of Chicago

 

Michael Dawson, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Culture, and Politics, University of Chicago

 

7:00  Reception at the Smart Museum, 5550 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago

 

Saturday, April 30

 

9:00 Coffee & muffins

 

10am-11:30  The Problem of Race Around the World, Part II

        

Chair:  Kathleen Conzen, University of Chicago

 

Christopher Todd, University of Chicago

New Light on Jamaica’s Baptist Rebellion: Slave Tithing, Church Property, and Ownership in the Baptist War of 1831

 

Theodore Francis, Huston-Tillotson University

Aces, but No Spades: Tennis, Tourism and the Problem of Segregation in Bermuda

 

Jessica Graham, University of California, San Diego

Shifting the Meaning of Democracy: Racial Inclusion as a Strategy in Brazil and the United States

 

Lauren (Robin) Derby, University of California, Los Angeles

Otto’s Travels: Rumors of Race and Speciation in the Atlantic World

 

 

12-1  Lunch

 

1-2:30  African American Activism and Its Contradictions

        

 Chair:  Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Jill DuPont, College of St. Scholastica

The Athlete as Activist: Jackie Robinson’s Politics

 

Traci Parker, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 Black Workers and Consumers in the Civil Rights Movement

 

Toussaint Losier, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Public does not believe the police can police themselves”: The Mayoral Administration of Harold Washington and the
     Permanent Crisis of Police Accountability

 

Kai Parker, University of Chicago

Loud, Dirty, Uncouth and Always Demanding Their Rights”: Religion and

Construction of Black Chicago Youth in the 1960s

 

2:30-3:00 Coffee

 

3:00-4:30  The Culture of the Twentieth Century Transatlantic World

 

Chair: Amy Stanley, University of Chicago

 

Celeste Day Moore, Hamilton College

The Transatlantic Turn: Race, Culture, and African-American Music in the Twentieth-Century Atlantic World

        

Christopher Dingwall, University of Toronto

Of Black Books and The Souls of Black Folk

 

Nayan Shah, University of Southern California

Refugees, Fugitivity and the Material Culture of Survival

 

Janette Gayle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Black Dressmakers, the Politics of Sartorial Style, and Black Claims to Citizenship in Early 20th Century New York City

 

Korey Garibaldi, University of Notre Dame

White Lives, Knock On Any Door, and Foxes of Harrow, Redux

 

4:30 Roundtable

        

Introductions by Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University

 

Chair:  Adam Green, University of Chicago

 

Martha S. Jones, University of Michigan

 

Jim Campbell, Stanford University

 

George Chauncey, Yale University

 

Thavolia Glymph, Duke University

 

Mae Ngai, Columbia University

 

6:30  Remarks by Thomas Holt

 

 

 

 

 

Giving Opportunities

If you would like to make a gift in honor of Tom, we are seeking contributions between now and December 31, 2016.  If we raise $100,000 or more, we will create an endowed fellowship fund in History to be named as Tom designates.  If we don't meet the threshold for endowment, the funds will be used to support summer research for students in the department.

 

To make a gift, please contact Nina Herbst, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Development at (773) 834-9067; nherbst@uchicago.edu or visit our online giving form.