Carruthers Center

Carruthers Center to host ASCAC Midwest Region Conference

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies will host the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations Midwest Region Conference on Nov. 11-12.

Among the highlights will be a two-part panel on Nov. 11 titled “Discord or Harmony: Science, Spirituality, and the Paradigmatic Bounds of Knowing,” which will explore the ties between ancient African wisdom and the modern problems faced by people of African descent. Northeasern alumnus Kamau Rashid will participate in the first part of the panel, and alumna and former Northeastern Instructor Yvonne Jones will participate in the second half.

The two-day conference also will include conversations on topics such as self-discipline and self-love, race and culture in the Caribbean and South America, and African-centered curricula.

The Midwest Region of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations is dedicated to the rescue, reclamation, reconstruction and restoration of African history and culture.

Among the conference presenters and participants with Northeastern ties will be: Josef Ben Levi, Rosetta Cash, Herman Spencer, Rolanda West and Conrad Worrill.

The full program schedule is available online. Registration is $45 or $30 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students. Northeastern students may attend on scholarship with valid ID.

The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, which this year celebrates 50 years of scholarship and activism, was established by Northeastern Illinois University in 1966 as an outgrowth of its concern for and commitment to Chicago‘s inner city communities.

Since its inception, the Carruthers Center has focused on the analysis of institutions, systems and people with a direct impact on the quality of life in the inner cities of the U.S. and elsewhere in the world by creating programmatic and research initiatives. The Carruthers Center demonstrates the University’s urban tradition of education, research and service.