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Sunday, 8:30–9:45 a.m., 5C, ACC

Public Blackness: Celebrity, Diaspora, and Modernity

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A special session. Presiding: Samantha Pinto, Georgetown Univ.; Jennifer M. Wilks, Univ. of Texas, Austin

1. “Black Edens: Darius Rucker, Country Music Celebrity, and Imaginative Freedom,” Francesca Therese Royster, DePaul Univ.

2. “Notorious Blackness and the Iconography of the West,” Tsitsi Jaji, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

3. “Dynamic Divas: Dorothy Dandridge and Beyoncé’s Star Turns as Carmen,” Jennifer M. Wilks

4. “Phillis Wheatley: Making the First Black Celebrity,” Samantha Pinto

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