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The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock will host "Elaine at 100: Race, Labor, and Violence in the Lower Mississippi Valley," an academic conference Sept. 26-27.

Admission is free and no reservations are required, but organizers ask that anyone bringing a large group notify Michael Pierce at

According to a news release, the conference is sponsored by the Diane D. Blair Center for Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and hosted by the cultural center and Philander Smith College. It features some of the nation's foremost scholars and will focus on the intersections of work, violence and race after the Civil War.

The conference will begin at 1:15 p.m. Sept. 26 with remarks by Christina Shutt of the Mosaic center and Calvin White Jr. of the UA department of history. Afternoon sessions will feature Susan O'Donovan from the University of Memphis, Matt Hild of Georgia Tech University, Guy Lancaster of the Central Arkansas Library System, Bill Pruden of Ravenscroft School and Story Matkin-Rawn of the University of Central Arkansas.

At 7:30 p.m. in Philander Smith's Harry R. Kendall Center, Adolph Reed Jr. of the University of Pennsylvania and Kenneth W. Warren of the University of Chicago will deliver the keynote program.

Friday's program at the Mosaic center includes Brian Mitchell of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Jarod Roll of the University of Mississippi, Karlos Hill from the University of Oklahoma, Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University and Jeannie Whayne from UA.

After lunch, sessions will include Alison Greene from Emory University, Michael Williams from the University of Texas at El Paso, Michael Honey of the University of Washington at Tacoma, Michael Pierce of UA, John Kirk of UALR, Greta de Jong of the University of Nevada, Nan Woodruff of Penn State University and Dianna Freelon Foster of the Southern Echo and Activists With a Purpose.

Style on 09/09/2019

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