National Black
Graduate Student Conference
March 29 - April 1, 2000
Dr. Lewis and Dr. Hayden at the closing banquet Keisha Harrison poster presentation Dr. Cheryl Lewis at the Elvehjem Museum
Dr. Hayden and Keisha Harrison Keisha Harrison with judges Celebration of Blackness Cultural Enrichment
Erroll Davis

Erroll B. Davis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliant Energy, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.  With total assets of $5 billion and annual revenues of $2.3 billion, Alliant Energy is among the nation's largest utility holding companies.  Mr. Davis received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his MBA degree with a concentration in finance from the University of Chicago.  For several years, Davis served on the United Way of Dane County Board (Chair, 1987) and was Campaign Chair in 1992.  He is Chair of Start Smart Dane County, a "Success-By-Six" program.  He is also a long-standing member of the Rotary Club.  Davis received the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business distinguished alumnus award in 1993.  In 1988, he received the Black Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by U.S. Black Engineer magazine in cooperation with Mobil Oil Corp. and the deans of the historically Black colleges and universities.  In 1993, he was a Bronze Medal winner in Financial World's CEO of the Year competition.  In 1995, Davis was named the Madison Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year.
Dennis P. Kimbro

Since 1985, Dennis P. Kimbro has combed the country interviewing many of Black America's most notable achievers.  Dr. Kimbro is a New Jersey native who has gone on to receive his doctorate from Northwestern University where he studied wealth and poverty among underdeveloped countries.  Dr. Kimbro's writings have influences readers from the streets of Melbourne, Australia to Johannesburg, South Africa; to the boardrooms of General Motors, Walt Disney Corp., and La Face Records.  He has addressed the Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" football team as well as the Kansas City Royals Baseball team.  He has appeared on the Today Show, Larry King, and CNN and has been featured in Success, Black Enterprise, Ebony, and Essence magazines, the New York Times and USA Today on many occasions sharing the keys of success and achievement.  His honors include Who's Who in Black America, the Dale Carnegie "Personal Achievement" award and various other awards given by the business community.  Dr. Kimbro is also the past director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Clark Atlanta University.  Dr. Kimbro is the author of several best selling books: Think & Grow Rich, Think & Grow Rich Daily Motivations, and What Makes the Great Great: Strategies for Extraordinary Achievement.
Yvonne Welbon

Filmmaker and scholar Yvonne Welbon works to create a stronger media presence for African American women.  She has written, produced and directed award-winning independent films and videos, including LIVING WITH PRIDE: RUTH ELLIS @ 100 (screening Friday, March 31), and her writings on black women filmmakers have been published widely.  Currently a segment producer for SPLIT SCREEN, John Pierson's Independent Film Channel program, Welbon's latest project is SISTERS IN THE CINEMA, the first documentary to give voice to the African American women directors and illuminate this long-hidden chapter of film history.
Welbon's filmography included REMEMBERING WEI YI FANG, REMEMBERING MYSELF... (1995), an autobiographical film about living as an African-American woman in Taiwan, which was broadcast on the national PBS series P.O.V., won a silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival, and was named "Best Film/Video on Matters Relating to the Black Experience," at the 11th Black International Cineama Festival in Berlin.  Welbon earned a Sidney Poitier Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship, among others, for REMEMBERING WEI YI FANG.  Other work includes MISSING RELATIONS (1994), SISTERS IN THE LIFE: FIRST LOVE (1993), THE CINEMATIC JAZZ OF JULIE DASH (1992-93) AND MONIQUE (1991).
Lawrence Bobo

Lawrence Bobo, Professor of Afro-American Studies and Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at Harvard University, was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in Los Angeles.  He received a B.A. in sociology from Loyola Marymount University in 1979 and received both an M.A. (1981) and Ph.D. (1984) in sociology from the University of Michigan.  From 1984 through 1990 he was in the sociology department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  From 1990 through spring of 1997, he was in UCLA's sociology department where he also served, at various times, as Associate on Race, Politics and Society.  His research interests constitute a fusion of race and ethnic relations (particularly the experience of African Americans in the post World War II period), social psychology, public opinion and survey research methods; or, for lack of a more felicitous phrase: racial attitudes.  He is co-author is Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations (1987).  He edited the "Special Issue on Race" of the journal Public Opinion Quarterly (Spring 1997).  He is currently completing a volume on the interconnections among labor market dynamics, racial residential segregation, and racial attitudes in Los Angeles based on the "Los Angeles Study of Urban Inequality" project funded by the Ford Foundation and by the Russell Sage Foundation.

Photo by: Mari Evans
Nikki Giovanni

Currently, a professor at Virginia Tech, where she teaches English, Ms. Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee but was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ms. Giovanni attended Fisk University, where she became involved in both the Writers' Workshop  and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating COmmittee.  It was then that she forged a connection between literature and politics that would continue to absorb her attention for decades to come.  In 1967, she became actively involved in the Black Arts movement, a loose coalition of African American intellectuals who wrote politically and artistically radical poems aimed at raising awareness of black rights and promoting the struggle for racial equality.  She continued on to excellence and been bestowed with many honors.  In honor of her achievement, Ms. Giovanni is: the recipient of 14 honorary degrees, the holder of keys to more than three dozen cities, and the winner of an NAACP Image Award, just to name a few.  She has written more than 17 books of poetry and 8 collections of essays and conversations.  To quote Ms. Giovanni herself, "her strength flows ever on."

Wednesday, March 29
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm Conference Registration/Check-in
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Opening Reception
8:30 pm - 12:00 am Opening Entertainment
Jazz Band, Buffet style refreshments, & board games

Thursday, March 30
8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 6:00 pm Conference Registration/Check-in
9:00 am - 9:45 am General Session
9:45 am - 10:15 am Plenary Session I: Membership Issues
10:30 am - Noon Workshop Session I/Paper Symposia
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm Sponsored Luncheon
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Workshop Session II/Paper Symposia
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm  Break
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Workshop Session III/Paper Symposia
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Regional Meetings
5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Travel Back to the Concourse
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Sponsored Dinner
8:30 pm - 12 Midnight "Celebration of Blackness"
Includes fashion show, poetry readings, song & dance

Friday, March 31
8:00 am - 9:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration/Check-in
9:00 am - 10:15 am Plenary Session II: Nominations
10:30 am - 12 Noon Workshop Session IV/Paper Symposia
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch on State Street
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Brown Bag Lunch with Filmmaker Yvonne Welbone
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Poster Presentation
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm Workshop Session V/Paper Symposia
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Break
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Workshop Session VI/Paper Symposia
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Break / Chancellor's Reception
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Sponsored Dinner
9:00 pm - 1:00 am "Friday Night Live!"
Contest for best group, best costumes, best solo, 
funniest solos & best choreography
Dance- (Hip hop, R&B, Soul, Reggae)

Saturday, April 1
8:00 am - 9:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am Plenary Session III: Platform Speeches
9:00 am - 1:00 PM Recruiter Registration
10:00 am - 11:30 am Workshop Session VII
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Elections
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Graduate School/Career Fair
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Plenary Session IV: Committees and Commissions
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Past Presidents Panel
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Formal Banquet (Election Results)
10:00 pm - 2:00 am Dance (DJ)


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