2022 South Carolina State University                                        Intersectional Studies Remote Conference 

Cultural Crossroads in the Global Village

Friday, March 25, 2022
8:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (US Eastern Standard Time) via Zoom

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2nd Annual Intersectional Studies Remote Conference
South Carolina State University

Friday, March 25, 2022

8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time

Conference Program

This year's theme is "Cultural Crossroads in the Global Village." The COVID-19 pandemic and other recent events have made apparent the divisiveness in communities, whether in the classroom; the polling place; the neighborhood; or other communal spaces. Global society has reached a crossroads where decisions and actions will define communities for years to come. Papers and panels will explore ways in which divisiveness exists in communities; the inequalities highlighted by recent events; ways communities are addressing societal inequities; diversity in the classroom; how cultural crossroads are depicted in literature and art; and other topics related to the theme.

8:15 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Welcome 


Dr. Frederick Evans                                                                                                                          Acting Provost, South Carolina State University

Conference Overview and ISC Updates

Dr. Janice Hawes, Chair,                                                                                                                  English and Communications, South Carolina State University

8:35 a.m.-9:55 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 1 and 2

Session 1: Transnational Intersectionalities

Moderator: Karey Perkins, Assistant Professor, South Carolina State University

"Islam, Gender, and Self: Rethinking Transnational Belonging and Intersectional Experiences of Tamil Muslim Women in Singapore"                                                                    Pavithra Nandanan Menon, Doctoral Candidate and Research Scholar                                National University of Singapore

"Desired and Desiring Bodies: Caste-Gender Intersectionalities"                                          Natasha Negi, Research Scholar                                                                                           Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)

"The Women of Covidystopia: An Exploration of Gendered Impacts of Covid-19"                   Aayushi Kadyan, M. Phil. Student                                                                                             Debashree Sinha, Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of English Studies and Research   Amity University, Noida, India

Session 2: Intersectionality in Literature and History

Moderator: Thomas Cassidy, Professor, South Carolina State University

"Global Modernity and Irish Pop Lit: Climate Change in Sally Rooney's Beautiful World, Where Are You"                                                                                                                                Sydney Leimbach, Master's Student in English Language and Literature                      University of South Carolina

"Identity, Roots and Mixed-Race Connections: Zadie Smith's Microcosm of 'Difference' in White Teeth"                                                                                                                                  Manasvini Rai, Research Scholar                                                                                                    Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India

"Tumultuous Hispanola: An Examination of the Relationship Between Haiti and the Dominican Republic"                                                                                                                    Margaret Morris, Associate Professor                                                                                            South Carolina State University

10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Keynote Address

H. Richard Milner IV                                                                                                                Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Education                                            Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College Vanderbilt University

H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is Cornelius Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education. Professor Milner's research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools. Professor Milner is President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association, the largest educational research organization in the world. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Milner's work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published seven books. His most recent are: Start where you are but don't stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today's classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010 and 2020, Second Edition), Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and These kids are out of control: Why we must reimagine classroom management for equity (Corwin Press, 2018). He can be reached at rich.milner@vanderbilt.edu.

11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4

Session 3: Global Identities

Moderator: Ms. Arah Pinson, Instructor, South Carolina State University

"Intersections: Unemployment, Disability, and the Musical Canon"                                          Tekla Babyak, Disabled Independent Scholar

"Intersectionality in Gayl Jones's Corregidora"                                                                            Marrietta Kosma                                                                                                                        University of Oxford

"Urban Bachata and Diasporic Community: Race and Rearticulation of Dominican Identity in New York"                                                                                                                                    Maddie Kim, Independent Scholar                                                                                                  Closter, New Jersey

Session 4: Identities in the Classroom

Moderator: Ms. Josalyn Woodruff-Lee, Instructor, South Carolina State University

"The Primary School Teachers' Experience during the Pandemic: Intersections of Professionalism, Gender, Region, and Digital Literacy"                                                              Harshita Sharma, Doctoral Researcher at National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration                                                                                                                                  New Delhi, India.

"First-Generation College Students and Diversity in the Classroom"                                         Florencia Cornet, TRIO-OSP Faculty for Intercultural Inclusion & Diversity Learning                   University of South Carolina

12:45 p.m. -1:45 p.m. Lunch

The next session will begin at 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. -2:15 p.m. Perspectives on Intersectionality

Professor Ursula Robinson                                                                                                       Professor of Drama, South Carolina State University

Ursula O. Robinson is the Drama Program Coordinator and a Tenured Professor of Drama at South Carolina State University where she cultivates and molds young dreamers into accomplished artists. This award-winning playwright is also the Artistic Director of Ursula O. Robinson Productions (UORP), a comprehensive artistic company that creates tailor-made works of art that heal, entertain, educate, and even set the mind free! This accomplished artist is known for her one-woman shows, her hilarious comedy acts, and her prowess as a writer of personalized monologues. Ms. Robinson holds a BA in English, a BA in Theater Arts, and an M.F.A. in Acting. Blessed with the gifts of playwriting, performance, and practically anything artistic, Ms. Robinson believes that the arts have the ability to change people's lives for the better.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  SC State Student Perspectives

Moderator: Mr. Muhammad Mashreque, Instructor, South Carolina State University          

Panelists: South Carolina State University Undergraduates

Mark Talford "Changing The Narrative of African American Males

April Thomas "Family, Power, and Strong Women"

3:45: p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Discussion Panel

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy                                                                                                    This panel is in honor of Ms. Carlana Kohn-Davis, Instructor of English, and her dedication to culturally relevant pedagogy. She will always be in the hearts of her colleagues of SC State. 

Moderators:                                                                                                                                    Dr. Reginald Williams                                                                                                                        Professor of Early Childhood Education                                                                                                          South Carolina State University

Ms. Cathi Mack                                                                                                                                Assistant to the Dean/Coordinator of Technical Services/Instructor                                                              Miller F. Whittaker Library, South Carolina State University                                                          

Panelists:                                                                                                                                            Dr. Sarah Washington-Favors                                                                                                        Professor of English Education, Coordinator of English Education                                                                South Carolina State University

Dr. Rosetta Dingle                                                                                                                          Associate Professor of Music Education, Coordinator of Music Programs                                                South Carolina State University

Dr. Florencia Cornet                                                                                                                          TRIO-OSP Faculty for Intercultural Inclusion & Diversity Learning                                              University of South Carolina

Dr. Kimberly Eison Simmons                                                                                                    Associate Professor, Anthropology and African American Studies                                                      Pearce Faculty Fellow, South Carolina Honors College                                                                            Co-Director, Institute for African American Studies and Research                                                  University of South Carolina


A special thank you to our keynote speaker, Dr. Rich Milner.

Thank you also to Professor Ursula Robinson, our "Perspectives on Intersectionality" presenter.

Thank you to all of our presenters and moderators for helping to create a wonderful program.

The Department of English and Communications and the ISC Committee also wishes to thank the following members of the SC State campus community for their support and assistance:

     Mr. Alexander Conyers, lnterim President, South Carolina State University

     Dr. Frederick Evans, Acting Provost, South Carolina State University

     Dr. Evelyn Fields, Acting Dean, College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences,                             South Carolina State University

    Ms. Rosalind Hanson, Administrative Assistant, Department of English and Communications

2022 Intersectional Studies Conference Committee

     Dr. Janice Hawes, Chair of English and Communications, SC State

     Dr. Thomas Cassidy, Professor of English, SC State

     Mr. Dante Mozie, Instructor of Journalism, SC State

     Mr. Muhammad Mashreque, Instructor of Speech and English, SC State

     Ms. Arah Pinson, Instructor of English, SC State

Finally, thank you to everyone who attended. We hope to see you again in March 2023!

Remembering Ms. Carlana Kohn-Davis, Instructor of English

As we in the SC State Community collaborate with others as members of the global community, we remember Ms. Carlana Kohn-Davis, her dedication to students, and her desire for a society where everyone has access to opportunities. Ms. Kohn-Davis was in the midst of her advanced studies in education, with a focus on culturally relevant pedagogies, when she passed in 2019. Her colleagues will always be inspired by her example. We dedicate this conference to her memory.