Dr. Williams Presenting on a Panel with Monmouth Faculty: Monmouth Beatles Forum (2014)

Recent Public Presentations

Invited Paper, “The Green Movement as a Woman’s Movement in the Writings and Work of Wangari Maathai and Grace Lee Boggs,” Annual Conference of the African American Intellectual History Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 23-25 March, 2019.

Work in Progress Presentation, “Laboratory of Democracy: Black Students at Columbia University before 1954,” Department of History and Anthropology’s Works in Progress Seminar Series, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, 23 January, 2019.

Invited Paper, “Sounding the Trumpet of Democracy: Black Women Intellectuals and the Great War,” at the 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, 3-8 October, 2018.

Invited Paper, “Yep, You Done Taken My Blues and Gone”: African American Music, the Beatles, and Whiteness, The Beatles’ The WHITE ALBUM: An International Symposium, at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, 9-11, November, 2018.

Invited Roundtable Participant, “Marion Thompson Wright and New Perspectives on Black Intellectuals in the Early Civil Rights Movement, 1915-1954,” African American Intellectual History Society Special Panel at the Tenth Annual Conference of The Society for U.S. Intellectual History at the historic Warick Allerton Hotel in Chicago Illinois, 8-11 November, 2018.

Invited Paper, “Black Woman Freedom Writer: The Life of and Thought of Anna Arnold Hedgeman,” Annual Conference of the African American Intellectual History Society, Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts, 21-23, March, 2018.

Invited Paper, “Outraged Mother: Anna Arnold Hedgeman and the Civil Rights Movement in the North,” Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Hilton Netherlands Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio, 26-30, September, 2017.

Invited Paper, “Didn’t Not Mary Preach the Risen Savior”: African American Women as Prophetesses,” The Feminine Mystic Conference, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA, 9 June, 2017.

Invited Paper, “Going Home: The 369th and Harlem as an Identity-Making Space,” Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Annual Conference, Columbia University, New York, New York, 28-29 April, 2017.

Invited Presentation, “African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey,” Women’s History Month Program, Union County College, 30 March, 2017.

Paper, “People’s Power: Ernest Thompson, Black Labor-Left Coalition Politics, and the Civil Rights Movement in the North,” Second Annual Conference of the African American Intellectual History Society, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 24-26 March, 2017.

Invited Paper, “All that I am or Hope to Be”: Marion Thompson Wright and New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement,” African American Intellectual History Society First Annual Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 10-11 March, 2016.

Invited Paper, “Now is the Time to Plan for Your Future: Sara Spencer Washington and the Black Freedom Struggle in New Jersey, 1913-1953,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Centennial Annual Meeting and Conference, Atlanta, Georgia 23-27, September, 2015.

Invited Paper, “A Young Colored Girl’s Haven from Prejudice: The Montclair YWCA and the Progressive History of the Y Movement in World History,” The Northeastern History Graduate Student Association’s 7th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 21-22, March, 2015.

Invited Paper, “Of Pathologies and Loyalties: The Idea of Race and the Emergence of the Prison Industrial Complex in a Cold War Context, (1947-1994),” The 7th Annual American Political History Graduate Conference: Americans and War, Boston University American Political History Institute, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 20-21, March, 2015.

Invited Paper, “A Young Colored Girl’s Haven from Prejudice: The Montclair YWCA and the Black Intelligentsia in North Jersey, 1912-1946,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, 24-28 September, 2014.

Invited Paper, “The Georgia of the North: Black Professionals and the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey,” New England Historical Association Annual Conference, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 25-26 April 2014.

Invited Paper, “Call Us By Our Name:” Black Women Claiming Voice and the Divine in American History and Culture,” Ways of Knowing Conference at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 25-26 October 2013.


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