A new approach
The Black Intersections Conference is occurring virtually in 2021 to allow for a unique community experience for a distanced learning environment. As we do every year, we hope to amplify the voices and accomplishments of Black students, faculty and staff at The Claremont Colleges and beyond. Our hopes for each conference year align with OBSA’s goal to center Black subjects, ranging from research to performance and everywhere in between. Although the conference does not involve formal presentations of work–we’re offering instead self-directed exploration of submissions punctuated with two zoom based anchor events–our pivot to a digital space allows for a more creative and engaging approach to conferencing. Finally, we intend for this new platform to serve as an archive for conference artifacts.
Reflections on Justice & Black Joy
Notions and expressions of joy at times seem at odds with Black experiences in light of the history of white supremacy, colonial aggression and the marginalization and oppression of BIPOC people nationally and globally. We chose this year’s theme to purposefully pronounce and proclaim Black joy. We celebrate and uplift Blackness–our identities, intelligences, experiences, spirituality, art, connectedness, cultures, histories and beauty in the face of a pandemic, in defiance of antiblackness and as a tool of resistance.
Since its founding in 2017, OBSA’s Black Intersections Conference intentionally connects to Black forms of expression, particularly in its keynote events. This year we emphasize Black creators with our closing interactive workshop [B]laughter (Feb 27), the performance based celebrationTrap [Q]araoke (Feb 23), our Spotify playlist and the artistry embedded in this year’s student submissions and streaming content of Black artists on exhibition at the Pomona College Benton Museum.
We invite you to enjoy the new, permanent home for Black Intersections content.
Visit The Office of Black Student Affairs to learn about our other initiatives and partnerships.
Find additional events for The Claremont Colleges’ Black History Month celebration and OBSA’s yearlong programming.
Conference Booklet Archive, 2017-2020
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