The Black German Cultural Society, NJ. is excited to announce its First Annual Convention to be held from August 19 to 21, 2011, at the German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, DC. With the theme of “Strengthening Transatlantic Connections,” the convention will host guests and presenters from our international community in Germany and the United States.
Our keynote speaker will be Noah Sow, the acclaimed journalist, musician, producer and author of “Deutschland Schwarz Weiß” (C. Bertelsmann, 2008), who will speak about “Geteilte Geschichte: The Black Experience in Germany and the US.”
In cooperation with the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, the convention will also feature an award ceremony for Hans J. Massaquoi, who will be given the “Champion of the Humanities Award” in honor of his lifetime achievements as an author, journalist, and cultural ambassador. Accepting the award at the convention on behalf of Mr. Massaquoi will be his son, Hans J. Massaquoi, Jr.
Additionally, the convention will feature a photo exhibit on "The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany," and "Homestory Deutschland: Gelebt - Erlebte Schwarze Deutsche Geschichte(n)."Furthermore, the meeting will offer workshops, round tables, as well as panel discussions on Afro-German history, culture and literature facilitated by our board members, partner organizations, and distinguished academics in the field.
Confirmed participants include, among others:
Topics will include “Race and Ethnicity in Postwar Germany,” “Transatlantic Adoption and ‘Brown Babies’,” “Finding and Reuniting Birth Families,” as well as “Sharing our Stories,” among others.
On the eve of the First Annual Convention of the Black German Cultural Society, NJ Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm., the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German Historical Institute -DC would also like to invite you to a documentary presentation and lecture on “Roots Germania – A Personal Search For Identity”
Please Join Us!
We have reached capacity and registration is now closed. Thank you!
Reservation for Banquet Dinner at the Carlyle Patio on Saturday included in registration fee.
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Carlyle Suites for 129.00 per night (incl tax.) Upon completion of your conference registration, please reserve your room online HERE.
Black German Cultural Society, A NJ Non Profit Organization. Rosemarie Peña, President
German Historical Insititute 1607 New Hampshire Ave NW - Washington DC 20009
Founded in 1980: A private affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).