University of North Texas at Dallas
7300 University Hills Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75241
This year’s annual symposium theme: "Using Technology to Tell Your Freedom Colony Story" focuses on enhancing the average freedom colony descendant's and/or community member’s understanding the myriad of tools available to preserve, document, and promote their freedom colonies. This means introducing a “pen and paper heritage conservationist” to tools that can make data gathering more effective and easier to access while helping the computer-savvy person get the most out of the apps they may currently use and introducing them to even newer tools.
During this event, attendees will learn about a full technological range of preservation and documentation strategies -- from traditional photo storage to cutting-edge Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) solutions.
Freedom colonies’ aging population, declining physical properties, vulnerability to natural disasters, and lack of access to archival development services and digitization increase the likelihood that Black place heritage will be lost forever. The goal of this symposium is to slow the rate of that loss.
Visit www.ayasymposium.org for updates and information!
Brief overview/updates of Texas Freedom Colonies and the Texas Freedom Colonies ProjectLareatha H. Clay, Board Member - CHES, Inc.Andrea Roberts, Ph.D., Founder - TxFCP
Panel Discussion - Andrea Roberts, Ph.D., ModeratorClinton Johnson, Founder - NorthStar of GISCarl Settles, Founder/Executive Director - E4 YouthTameshia Ruddridge and Jourdan Brunson, Founders - Kinkofa
Opportunities for hands-on experiences, and in-depth discussions with "Cutting Edge Technology" Panel members
Trailer of upcoming documentary film by Austin-based, award-winning film-maker, Funmi Ogunro
Planning 101 - Preserving and Sustaining Community via Government PartnershipsRev. Reginald LoganDanielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D.
Report of investigations at two Texas freedom colonies (Shankleville and Sand Hill), utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach.George Avery, Ph.D. - Stephen F. Austin State UniversityJackson Clay - Loud Rumor Marketing AgencySyreeta Greene, Ed.D. - The American Film InstituteArchie Rison - Genealogist/Historian/Cemetery MaintenanceRolonda Teal, Ph.D. - Stephen F. Austin State University
Panel Discussion - Stephanie Lang, ModeratorOlivia Primanis - Texas Collections Emergency Resource Alliance (TX-CERA)Ari Negovschi Regalado, Technical Director - Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI)
Opportunities for hands-on experiences, and in-depth discussions with "Disaster Recovery Planning" Panel members
Film by Stacey Allen, Danielle Mason and Keda Sharber
Syreeta Greene, Ed.D., Board member - CHES, Inc.
Texas educators earn 7 CPE Credits.