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Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 194
These records document the Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, an annual conference relating to the African American philosophy movement. Conference programs, abstracts, speakers, lectures, interviews, and publicity are included along with administrative information and historical perspectives regarding the Conference.

Dates

  • 1989 - 2018

Creator

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Material copyrights held by Purdue University and original creators. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Extent

1.058 Cubic Feet (Four shoe boxes and one letter-size full-width manuscript box)

450.00 Gigabytes

Historical Information

The impetus for the Philosophy Born of Struggle (PBoS) conference began on February 17, 1974 when students and faculty at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, gathered for a philosophy discussion entitled "The Search for Alternatives: African American Perspectives on the Human Situation" for the purpose of bringing awareness of the African American experience to the campus. While Roy D. Morrison III, professor of Black Philosophy of Culture and Scientific Method at Wesley Theological Seminary, and Frank Kirkland, professor at Hunter College, were both asked to speak, only Kirkland was able to attend. The discussion still garnered great interest on campus, resulting in the creation of a full-day conference to be held on October 21 of the same year, at the same campus.

The conference was named "Philosophy Born of Struggle," after a text authored by Leonard Harris, and featured a keynote address by the late Shanara Gilbert, professor of law at Queens College CUNY, entitled "Owning the Self in a Disowned World." From its beginning, the purpose of Philosophy Born of Struggle has been to "bring together philosophers who share an interest in the philosophy of the Black experience and in the public philosophy concerning issues of racial justice and human liberation." PBoS has become the gathering place for many pioneers in Africana philosophy including Leonard Harris, Lucius Outlaw, Howard McGary, John McClendon III, and the late William R. Jones. Over the years, the conference has attempted to address the "continual struggle of African people" by highlighting relevant topics as evidenced by the following conference themes: Legitimation Crisis in American Philosophy; Harlem Renaissance and the Black Enlightenment; Black Enlightenment and the Future of the Race; Family and the Intellectual Life; Civil Liberties in the New Millennium; Slavery and Reparations; Race Reparations and Restoration; Race and the United States Constitution; Rethinking the Intellectual Life; Black Aesthetics and the Politics of Recognition; Philosophy and Liberation; Philosophy and the Scientific Spirit; Africa in the Dialects of Histoy; Philosophy of African American Studies; Race, Religion, and Social Transformation; Struggle in the House of Life: Equality, Education, and Economic Empowerment; Economic Crisis, Education and the Role of Philosophy for the African American Public; Race, Class, Gender, and State Violence; Advocacy: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Epistemology of Being; Racism, Empire, and Sexual Violence.

Arrangement

The records are organized chronologically into three series.
  1. Conference Recordings
  2. Conference Brochures, Flyers, and Documents
  3. Administrative Information

Technical Access Information

Conference recordings have been digitized and are available online or upon request.

Custodial History

The collection was originally deposited in the Black Cultural Center Library by Dr. Leonard Harris.

Acquisition Information

Collection materials were transferred by Purdue University Black Cultural Center on November 13, 2012, September 20, 2013, and March 6, 2019.

Appraisal

Duplicate materials and items containing personally identifiable information were not selected for inclusion in the collection. In accordance with the transfer agreement these items were returned.

Accruals

New materials are expected to be added to the collection.

Processing Information

Collection materials are organized chronologically. All printed materials are housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. Recordings on physical media have been imaged to create digital preservation files and access files were generated from the digital preservation copies.

Additional conference recordings and programs were added to the collection in November 2015. In July 2019 additional recordings and programs were added to the collection, and a new series for Administrative Information was created.
Title
Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference records
Status
completed
Author
Jamillah R. Gabriel, Michelle Jones, and Neal Harmeyer
Date
2019-08-02
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description was first completed 2014-09-10.

Revision Statements

  • 2016-03: Revisions made by Michelle Jones.
  • 2019-08-02: Collection description updated to meet new standards; addition 2 information added to collection description, by Neal Harmeyer.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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