Presentations

Invited Lectures

 

“Tongued Untied: A History of Black Gay Writing,” Black Gay Research Summit, Brooklyn, New York (August 2005).

“Langston Hughes and the Gospel Musical,” National Black Theater Festival Colloquium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (August 2005).

“Queering The Souls of Black Folk,” 100 Years of The Souls of Black Folk: A Conference Sponsored by Northwestern University’s Alice Berline Kaplan Center for the Humanities and African American Studies Department (23-25, October 2004).

“The Politics of Home in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun,” National Black Theater Festival (August 2003).

Participant, “Ethnic Notions: A Symposium on White Identity and Racial Stereotyping.”  Texas A & M University (21 February 2002).

“Black Gay Life Writing,” Fire and Ink: A Writer’s Festival for LGBT People of African Descent,” University of Illinois-Chicago (19-22 September 2002).

“Whoopi Messiah: Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act.” Presented at the Makin’ Whoopi Symposium, Bates College. (19-20 May 2000).

“Why Are the Gay Ghettoes White?: A Hypothesis about the Function of The Black Gay Impostor as Controlling Image in White Gay Discourse.”  Black Queer Studies in the Millennium Conference. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (7-9 April 2000).

“The Frustrated Queens in Bebe Moore Campbell’s Brothers and Sisters.” ‘The Endlessly Beckoning Horizon’: Afro-American Literature at the End of the Twentieth Century. The University of Pennsylvania (September 30-October 2 1999).

“Revenge of the Reading Queer: Randall Kenan’s A Visitation of Spirits and Afro- Homophobia.” Myth, Memory, and Migration: The Black South in the Cultural Imagination Conference. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (3 October 1997).

“Marlon Riggs: Black Gay Jeremiah.” Lavender Language Conference. American University, Washington, DC. (February 1996).

“Black Gay Literature and Film.” Western Michigan University (28 March 28 1996).

“A Hell of a Place to Be: Black Gay Men in the Epic of ‘Black Biography.’”   The Phenomenology Conference, University of Wisconsin–LaCrosse. (25 March 1994).

The Ray Smith Symposium Series, “Coming Out: Scholarship Across the Disciplines Conference,” Syracuse University. (19 February 1994).

Colloquia Series, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York. (1 February 1994).

Graduate Gay and Lesbian Alliance Speaker Series, State University of New York, Buffalo. (11 November 1993).

“Is Pornography Hateful Speech?” Presentation for the Second Annual Lesbian/Gay Rights Symposium sponsored by the Tulane Law School. (4 October 1991).

“Black, Red, Green and Pink: Nationalism in African American Gay Literature.” Presentation for the series Contemporary Research and Scholarship on Gay and Lesbian Lives, Pennsylvania State University. (15 February 1990).

“The Spirituals: Protest Music of Slavery.” Guest Speaker for the Annual Observance of Black History Month at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Valdosta, GA. (February 1980).

 

Conference Presentations

“E. Lynn Harris’s Democracy of Sin.”  Annual Meeting of the College Language Association, Miami, Florida (April 2007).

“Stephen Speilberg’s Amistad, The Black Buck Stereotype, and the Christian Black Magus Image,” Annual Meeting of the College Language Association, University of Georgia, Athens (April 2005).

“The Incorruptible Body of the Black Gift-Bearer: Djimon Hounsou,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, London, England (April 2005).

“Lessons in Race and Nation: Teaching Opera in Philadelphia, Shawshank Redemption, and Frese y Chocolate.” Annual Meeting of the College Language Association (April 2001).

“Evading History: Biracial Male Bonding and Operatic Tutelage in Film,” Real to Reel: Black Life in Cinema Conference,” Department of African American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (5-7 April 2001).

“Respondent.” Engaging Ourselves: Interrogating, Exploring, and Revisting Cool Pose. National Communication Association Convention (10 November 2000).

“Black Gay Literatures and African American Studies.” First Colloquium, Gay and Lesbian Studies in Southern Africa. University of Cape Town, South Africa (October 1995).

“Homophobia and the Changing Discourse of Civil Rights.” The Changing Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement and Its Meaning for Public Policy. TGIF Lecture Series, Bates College (2 December 1994).

“Voice and Gender in Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Exposition Address.” Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, LA (November 1994).

“Limitations of Life: Sexuality and Black Intellectuals.” Imagining the Limits: Interrogating the Past/Contesting the Future; A Joint CUNY Rockefeller Fellows Colloquium, New York University (21 May 1994).

“Kinship and the Black Imagination.” Health Care, Media and the Nation Conference. New York University. Sponsored by Department of Performance Studies, New York University and Department of African and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University (16 April 1994).

“Looking for Daddy: Homosocial Desire in Spike Lee’s Malcolm X.” Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Miami, FL (November 1993).

“Reconstructing Manhood: Tongues Untied, AIDS and the Afro-Gay Jeremiad.” Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association, Toronto, Canada (December 1993).

“My Bondage, My Community; My Freedom, My Anonymity: A Dilemma of Gay Black Teens in Contemporary Literature.” Presented at the annual meeting of the College Language Association, Daytona Beach, FL (April 1992).

“Toussaint’s Daughters: Black Women Playwrights and the Haitian Revolution.” Presented at Text and Presentation XVII, Comparative Drama Conference, University of Florida (March 1992).

Panelist, Dimensions of the political correctness-cultural conservatism debate. Annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Chicago, IL (October 1992).

“Finding an angle of vision: The rhetorical theory curriculum in a multicultural society (May 1992).

“Morrison’s Anti-Hero: Soaphead Church, A Very Clean Old Man.” Presented at the annual meeting of the College Language Association, Knoxville, TN.

” From Slaves to Rulers: The Haitian Revolution in Diaspora Drama.” Presented at Text and Presentation XVI, Comparative Drama Conference, University of Florida (March 1992).

“My Bondage, My Community; My Freedom, My Anonymity: A Dilemma of Gay Black Teens in Contemporary Literature.” Presented at the annual meeting of the College Language Association, Daytona Beach, FL (April 1992).

“Getting Past the Myth of Race and Gender Neutrality in the Public Speaking Class.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Atlanta, GA (November 1991).

“Remembering Langston: Memory, Gender Politics, and the Struggle for Langston Hughes.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Atlanta, GA (November 1991).

“Uncle Tom or Bad Nigger: Myth as Rhetorical Constraint in the Reception of Nelson Mandela’s 1990 tour of the United States.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA (April 1991).

“Addressing AIDS-related stigma: An Intervention for Leaders of Diverse Communities.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American College Personnel Association, Atlanta, GA. (Co-presenter: J. Croteau) (March 1991).

“Problematic Heroism: Psychopathic Discourse and Toni Morrison’s Soaphead Church and Black men of the Sweet Home Plantation.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Humanities Council, Chattanooga, TN (February 1991).

“Clarence Pendleton and the Rhetoric of Paradox.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Chicago, IL (November 1990).

“Post-Black Power and Stonewall Literature by Black Gay Men.” Presented at the Fourth Annual Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Studies Conference, Harvard University (October 1990).

“Oppression or liberation: The ‘domestic impulse’ as problem in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh, PA (May 1990).

“Resisting Heterosexism in Black America: The Politics of Desire in African American Gay Literature.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, San Francisco, CA (November 1989).

“A Plaintive Cry for Community: Cultural Isolation in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Tar Baby.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Ocean City, MD (May 1989).

“Persuasion by Paradox: The Rhetoric of Clarence Pendleton.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Ocean City, MD (May 1989).

“An Annotated Syllabus for the Teaching of a Black English Course.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Ocean City, MD (May 1989).

“From ‘Birth of a Nation’ to ‘Gone With the Wind’: The Images of Blacks in American Cinema Between the World Wars.” Presented at the Ithaca College Faculty- Student Seminar on Racism and Civil Right in the United States Between the World Wars (20 February 1989).

“Towards a Black Gay Aesthetic: The Post-Stonewall/Black Power Response of Black American Gay Men.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, LA (November 1988).

“AIDS and Black Americans.” Presented at a pre-convention seminar, “Ethical Issues, Rhetorical Answers in the AIDS Crisis,” at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, New Orleans, LA (November 1988).

“Colonel North Goes to Washington: Public Narrative in the Iran/Contra Hearings.” (Top Three: Political Communication). Presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Baltimore, MD (May 1988).

“Black American Religion: An Alternative Tradition. Guest Speaker at the bi-annual Worship in the Black Tradition service, Muller Chapel, Ithaca College (6 December 1987).

“‘There Can Be No Progress Without Peace’: W.E.B. DuBois and the 1950 Campaign for the United States Senate.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Speech Communication Association, Boston, MA (November 1987).

“From Slaves to Rulers: Four Writers View the Haitian Revolution.” Presented at the Second Conference on The Legacy of Colonialism: Focus on The Caribbean and the Americas, The Afro-American Studies Center of Purdue University, IN (March 1987).

“The Persuasive Uses of Proverbs in Traditional African Societies.” Presented at the annual Conference on African Linguistics, Bloomington, IN (April 1986).