Thursday, March 14, 2019
Opening Keynote Address and Audre Lorde-Cedric Robinson Distinguished Lecture in Black Studies

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novel-in-stories, The Dew Breaker. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United Statesand The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2, and Best American Essays 2011. She has written six books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Danticat’s essays, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Storywas published by Graywolf Press in July 2017 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2017. Her collection of short stories, Everything Inside, is forthcoming from Knopf in August 2019 and her children’s book My Mommy Medicine will be published by Roaring Brook Press in February 2019. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and winner of the 2018 Neustadt Prize for Literature.

Friday, March 15, 2019
Keynote Address

Originally from Louisville, KY, Bradford Young is a cinematographer who studied under the tutelage of filmmaker Haile Gerima. As a cinematographer Bradford is most concerned with finding the sublime in the ordinary. His works ambition is to explore and celebrate small local things, photographically.

Bradford Young has emerged as one of the most sought after artists working today. He was the first African-American cinematographer to be nominated for an Academy Award for the film Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve,in 2017. His latest film was Solo: A Star Wars Story ,directed by Ron Howard, and he just wrapped the Netflix series, Central Park 5, for director Ava Duvernay. Additional film contributions include: Ava DuVernay’s SELMA, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and won for best Original Song. JC Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, for which Bradford was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography in a Motion Picture. Ed Zwick’s PAWN SACRIFICE. David Lowrey’s AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTSand Andrew Dosunmu’s MOTHER OF GEORGE for which he was awarded the 2013 Sundance US Dramatic Competition Excellence in Cinematography Award for both films. Dee Rees’ PARIAH, for which he won the 2011 Sundance US Dramatic Competition Excellence in Cinematography Award. Ava DuVernay’s MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. Tina Mabry’s, MISSISSIPPI DAMNED, Paola Mendoza’s ENTRE NOSand Andrew Dosunmu’s, RESTLESS CITY.

When Bradford isn’t working as a cinematographer on feature films and commercials, he is in practice as a film installation artist. His installation Bynum Cutler, which explores the mythos behind Black American homesteader culture, through sculpture and film, opened as part of Creative Time’s Funk, Jazz, God, Medicine series at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, New York. Bynum Culter was filmed on location in Brooklyn, New York. Other installation works include Untitled (Structures) and (Levels) in collaboration with sculpture artist and photographer, Leslie Hewitt. Both installations address the perceivable limits of still photography and the photojournalistic forms associative of the ‘civil rights’ era.

Bradford was named “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine in 2009 and Variety Magazine’s “Up Next 25 Masters of Their Craft” that same year. Bradford was also profiled in Variety Magazine’s prestigious “10 Cinematographers to Watch 2015.”

Bradford is a 2014 inductee into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as a 2015 inductee into the American Society of Cinematographers.