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26th Annual MURAP Virtual Conference “CARE IN CRISIS”

The 26thAnnual MURAP VirtualConference “CARE IN CRISIS”

Will take place Thursday – Monday, July 16, 17 & 20, 2020.  Sessions will occur between: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Registration Link: Register Here

MURAP 2020 Conference Schedule (002)

Keynote Speaker:Dr. Malinda Lowery, UNC-Chapel Hill

The Moore Undergraduate research Apprentice Program (MURAP) would like to invite you to our annual academic conference, titled ‘Care in Crisis’; reflecting the unprecedented historical moment facing society. In the midst of two global pandemics, COVID-19 and systemic racism, MURAP is endeavoring to continue these conversations virtually, engaging with our 2020 student cohort, staff, faculty mentors, alumni and invited guests. This year’s theme will focus on key dimensions of ‘care’ during a period of extreme duress and how individuals and communities, especially the most vulnerable among those, cope, adapt, and become more resilient.

MURAP is in its 31st year of existence and the conference is in its 26th. The program aims to increase the representation in the United States of ethnically diverse PhDs in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts in the United States. Student fellows (rising juniors and seniors from colleges and universities throughout the nation) participate in a ten-week program and work full-time on a research project of their own design in close consultation with a faculty mentor, attend courses and workshops aimed at preparing them for graduate school and beyond. The program’s objective is to aid students in developing graduate-level work and proficiency and to encourage them to apply to PhD programs in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

For further information about the conference please contact the Conference Coordinator, Mimi Gordor ( or the Director, Dr. Mai Nguyen (

For more information about our program please consult our website ( Free and open to the public.

* Registration for each day is required in order to receive all links to panels.

DAY 1—Thursday, July 16, 2020 (EST)

11:00 am – 11:15 am


Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen MURAP Director


Dr. Karla Slocum
Director of the Institute for African American Research

11:15 am – 1:00 pm


Tyler White, MURAP Scholar, Swarthmore College

Mentor: Dr. Kumi Silva

Ayriel Coleman, MURAP Scholar, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Isaac Unah

Ezekiel Vergara, MURAP Scholar, Dartmouth College

Mentor: Dr. Miguel La Serna

[1:00pm – 1:30 pm Break]

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Monèt Marshall, Founder/Artistic Director, MOJOAA Performing Arts Company

:30 pm – 5:10 pm


Dr. Kia Caldwell, Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies, UNC- Chapel Hill

Dr. Elijah Adiv Edelman, Department of Anthropology, Rhode Island College Dr. Jennifer Ho, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

DAY 2—Friday, July 17, 2020 (EST)

11:00 am –12:45 pm

Dr. Marina Levina, Department of Communication & Film, the University of Memphis Dr. William Cheng, Department of Music, Dartmouth College
Dr. Paul Cuadros, Hussman School of Journalism and Media, UNC-Chapel Hill

[12:45 pm – 1:15 pm Break]

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm


Moderator: Dr. Michael Palm, Department of Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Rumya Putcha, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, University of Georgia
Dr. Hi’ilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart, Department of Anthropology, the University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Tamara Kneese, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of San Francisco

[2:15pm – 3:15 pm Break]

3:15 – 4:15 pm


Dr. Malina Lowery, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill

DAY 3—Monday, July 20, 2020

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Bryant Taylor, MURAP Scholar, California State University – Monterey Bay

Mentor: Dr. Ariana Vigil

Vicki Li, MURAP Scholar, CUNY – Hunter College

Mentor: Dr. Lamar A. Graham

Eden Melles, MURAP Scholar, Lipscomb University

Mentor: Dr. Isaac Unah

[12:00 pm – 12:55 pm Break]

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry, School of Humanities, De Montfort University Leicester Dr. Maria Duran, Latin American and Latino Studies, Brandeis University Emma Kioko, Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University
Yanexy Cardona, Graduate Student, University of Miami




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