University of Pittsburgh
September 26, 2012

Black Women in American Culture and History is Focus of Sept. 26-30 Convention Cosponsored by Pitt

Pitt scholars and historians are among the more than 900 participants

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, which founded Black History Month, will hold its 97th annual convention, “Black Women in American Culture and History,” Sept. 26-30 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, 1000 Penn Ave., Downtown.

The University of Pittsburgh is one of the event’s sponsors and Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg is a member of the convention’s Honorary Committee. The presenters at the more than 175 panel sessions include the following Pitt scholars and historians:

Thursday, September 27
“When Things Are Not As They Seem: Music, Media, and Imagination”
8:30-9:50 a.m.
Westin-Westmoreland Central/AV Room

Dann Broyld, panel chair 
Professor of Social Sciences
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Friday, September 28
“Black Female Performance as Power in History and Culture”
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Westin-Butler West

Yolanda Covington-Ward, presenter
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences  

“More Than Pink: Black Women, Breast Cancer, and Body Image Awareness”
2-3:50 p.m.
Room 310, David L. Lawrence Convention Center 

Margaret Rosenzweig, presenter
Professor of Acute, Tertiary Care
School of Nursing

Saturday, Sept. 29
“Finding His Song: August Wilson and the Search for Identity”
8:30-9:50 a.m.
Westin-Cambria East/AV Room

Laurence Glasco, presenter Christopher Rawson, presenter
Associate professor of history Senior lecturer, Department of English
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

“Changing the Odds for Others: The Legacy of Derrick Bell”
Plenary session about the late Bell, an eminent legal scholar and 1957 Pitt law graduate
4-6 p.m. 
Westin-Allegheny II

William M. Carter Jr., presenter
Dean and professor of law
School of Law

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, headquartered in Washington, D.C., was established in 1915 by historian Carter G. Woodson. For more information about the association or the convention, visit 




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