Thursday, April 21 & Friday, April 22, 2022
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
New Academic Building 2400
Please join us for “Changing Our Own Futures: Black Feminist Theory & Criticism,” a symposium in honor of the work of Cheryl A. Wall.
Taking our cue from the 1987 conference she organized and documented in the groundbreaking edited volume, Changing Our Own Words: Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women, this symposium gathers an exceptional group of intellectuals to imagine and discuss the future of the field(s) Dr. Wall’s foundational work helped to nurture. We will have the opportunity to engage with exciting new research that pushes the boundaries of Black feminist thought in literary and cultural studies. The symposium will also present roundtables inspired by some of the ways our late colleague’s scholarship, pedagogy, and other professional activities modeled Black feminist praxis and have influenced and supported generations of scholars.
The symposium will convene at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21st, and close on Friday evening, April 22nd. Our keynote, on Thursday afternoon, features a talk by Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin and is followed by a musical performance by Dr. Melanie Hill. A full program of symposium sessions and participants can be found here.
To view a livestream of this event, click here.
Register for the Symposium
Symposium registration is now closed, but you are still invited to register for and attend the Memorial Service for Cheryl, hosted by her family, on Saturday, Apr. 23, 10:30 a.m. in Voorhees Chapel, on Rutgers University's Douglass Campus, New Brunswick, NJ. Please consider donating to the Dr. Cheryl A. Wall Endowed Scholarship Fund.
We are committed to the health and well-being of our community members. Rutgers University requires that everyone on our campus wear masks indoors, regardless of individual vaccination status. At this time, all symposium attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours.
Dr. Cheryl A. Wall Memorial Fellowship
The Dr. Cheryl A. Wall Memorial Fellowship was created by her daughter, Camara Epps, in honor of the longtime Rutgers University professor and prominent scholar, Dr. Cheryl A. Wall. This fellowship honors Dr. Wall's legacy by providing $2,500 annually to doctoral students conducting research in African-American or Black literature, Black feminism, or interdisciplinary studies. We ask for your support to help endow this fund to ensure that this memorial fellowship can continue in perpetuity, as will Dr. Wall's legacy at Rutgers and beyond.