Select Presentations, Keynotes, and Workshops

On Friday, June 19th, Documenting the Now hosted a live streamed conversation with WITNESS, The Blackivists, Texas After Violence Project, and Project STAND. We are so thankful to the 800+ attendees and to our amazing panelists: Tracy Drake, Raquel Flores-Clemons, Erin Glasco, Stacie Williams, Skyla Hearn, Steven Booth, Gabriel Solis, Yvonne Ng, Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, and Jessica Ballard. Also much thanks to the Documenting the Now team members who helped put the event together: Alexandra Dolan-Mescal (who also designed the social media graphic), Francis Kayiwa, and Ed Summers.


America’s Scrapbook: A Reckoning in the Archives

“Lae’l Hughes-Watkins’ keynote brought tears to my eyes. She spoke so powerfully about fairness and inclusion for everyone. Her family album analogy was both moving and thought-provoking: imagine yourself looking at your family album, a family which you were born into, supported and stood shoulder to shoulder with, in times of grief and disaster, who you rejoiced and celebrated with in times of triumph, but you find you are not in a single photograph, you are totally unrepresented. How would this feel?” Rachel Smillie, Head of Academic Partnerships at the Nationa Archives, UK

Documenting Movements: Archivists as Social Justice Advocates

On October 23, 2018, the Albert Gore Research Center hosted a two-hour panel discussion to honor the past 50 years of Black student activism at MTSU. The panelists included: Sylvester Brooks, Dr. Phyllis Hickerson-Washington, Dr. Michael Mc Donald, Dr. Vincent Windrow, André Canty, and Arionna White. There introductions by Gore Center director, Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, and Gore Center archivist Sarah Calise. The keynote speech was given by Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, archivists and founder of Project STAND. Calise and Barbara Scales moderated the panel discussion. View the original program

Reparative Archive Workshop

Stems from the Reparative Archive Framework introduced in my piece,

Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices,” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies:

“…a roadmap for how academic repositories can begin to repair their holdings and develop a holistic approach to disrupting homogeneous histories through acquisition, advocacy, and utilization of collections and challenging the history of a predominantly white academic institution.”

The word “reparations,” is an idea, a term, and a movement that is slowly edging its way into the mainstream of the archives profession. A growing body of academics, historians, and memory workers are engaging in critical analysis of traditional repositories and examining how to reconcile past practices with current demands for a space that acknowledges and provides redress for the dismissal and systemic erasure of marginalized communities from conventional archives. Through storytelling, case studies, thoughtful discourse, group exercises, readings, assessments, you will begin the work of repair.

Select References to Reparative Archive Framework


Seeking Grace: Reconstructing the History of African American Seeking Grace: Reconstructing the History of African American Alumnae at the University of Denver Alumnae at the University of Denver

Collecting First-Generation Voices in Academic Libraries and Archives

Preserving the ‘We are Beneficiaries’ Project

Curating Care: Creativity, Women’s Work, and the Carers UK Archive

Teaching Undergraduates with Archives