Guide to Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994, Conference Records
AC.0533

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994 (1994 : Cambridge, Mass.)
Title
Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994, conference records
ID
AC.0533
Date [inclusive]
1993-1994
Extent
0.6 cubic feet (2 manuscript boxes)
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English
Abstract
“Black Women in the Academy: Defending our Name, 1894-1994,” was a national conference convened to address historical and contemporary issues faced by African-American women in academia and to examine their role in public life. The conference, which took place January 13-15, 1994, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was attended by over 2,000 people. This collection comprises published conference material, including a call for papers, registration form, and conference attendee information packet; copies of articles from various newspapers and periodicals that document the conference; and videocassettes featuring conference remarks, keynote speeches, and the performance of Vinie Burrows.

Citation

Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994, Conference Records, AC 533, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Historical note

“Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994,” was a national conference convened to address historical and contemporary issues faced by African-American women in academia. The conference, which took place January 13-15, 1994, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was attended by over 2,000 people. The MIT Program in Women’s Studies co-sponsored the program with additional sponsorship from the Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ms. Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. Logistical support was provided by the MIT History Department and Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

The conference was planned and organized by two faculty members at MIT, Robin W. Kilson, professor in history and women’s studies, and Evelynn Hammonds, MIT professor in science, technology, and society. With Florence Ladd of Radcliffe College’s Bunting Institute, they constituted the Executive Committee. The conference Advisory Committee was made up of representatives from major colleges and universities, including Charles Vest of MIT, Linda Wilson of Radcliffe College, Neil Rudenstine of Harvard University, and Diana C. Walsh of Wellesley College.

“Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994,” offered workshops, panels, and roundtables, and featured addresses by Angela Davis, Lani Guinier, and Johnnetta Cole. Performance artist Vinie Burrows presented her one-woman show, “Sister, Sister.”

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection comprises published conference material, including a call for papers, registration form, and conference attendee information packet; copies of articles from various newspapers and periodicals that document the conference; and videocassettes featuring conference remarks, keynote speeches, and the performance of Vinie Burrows.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections (Copyright 2002)

MIT Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
617.253.5690
mithistory@mit.edu

Revision Description

  2011

Access note

The collection is open for research.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Black Women in the Academy: Defending Our Name, 1894-1994 (1994 : Cambridge, Mass.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Burrows, Vinie
  • Cole, Johnnetta B.
  • Davis, Angela Y. (Angela Yvonne), 1944-
  • Guinier, Lani

Subject(s)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--History.

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Collection Inventory

Box

Call for papers 1993 

1

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Registration form 1993 

1

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Conference program 1994 

1

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Conference packet 1994 

1

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Vinie Burrows performance program 

1

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Media coverage 1994 

1

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“Introductory remarks” 1994 January 13 

1

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“Keynote: Professor Lani Guinier, University of Pennsylvania Law School” 1994 January 13 

1

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“Keynote: Dr. Johnnetta Cole, president, Spelman College” 1994 January 14 

2

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“Keynote: Professor Angela Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz” 1994 January 15 

2

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“Vinie Burrows, performing Sister, Sister” 1994 January 14 

2

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“Closing plenary session” 1994 January 15 

2

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