National Conference

2017 National Conference: Baltimore, MD

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2017 Poe Conference Program Cover

Breaking Boundaries: The Humanities Reimagined
November 9th – 11th, 2017

Information is being finalized for the CCHA 2017 National Conference to be held in CCHA’s new home city of Baltimore, MD! We are happy to announce that we will be holding the national conference at the stunning Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel (see accommodations below) with the conference theme “Breaking Boundaries: The Humanities Reimagined.”


Cover Art: “Cool Edgar Allan Poe” by Venus

Everything you need for the conference is at the link below:

Thursday Evening:
D. Watkins

Friday Lunch:
Janine di Giovanni

Saturday Lunch:
Bert Phillips

D. Watkins
Janine Di Giovanni
Bert Phillips

Baltimore’s own; a columnist for Salon; published in the New York Times and Rolling Stone; and best-selling author of The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America and The Cook Up:  A Crack Rock Memoir about his former life as a drug dealer; and founder of the BMORE Writer’s Project.

Read Watkins’s extended biography below and visit his website here.

Edward Murrow Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs; former Middle East Editor of Newsweek; a regular contributor to The Times, Vanity Fair, Granta, The New York Times; TED Talk speaker, and author of numerous books including her most recent, The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria.

Read di Giovanni’s extended biography below and visit her website here.

Civil rights advocate; former professor of psychology and education at the Tuskegee Institute and subsequently the  former Dean of Students at the Tuskegee Institute; recent recipient of an honorary degree from St. Olaf College; and currently the chairman of the Africa United States Partnership Fund (AUSPF).

Read Phillips’s extended biography below and visit his AUSPF website here.

Limited Space Available!

Pre-Conference Workshop in Washington, DC!

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More information on this workshop led by Prof. Paul Benson can be found HERE.


Late registration is still available!

Registration for new and renewing members is HERE includes the membership fee. Current members can register HERE.

Looking for a paper registration form? It’s right HERE!

All prices include annual membership dues ($50)

Early Reg. is on or before 5/31 General Reg. is on or before 10/20 Late Registration is after 10/20
☐ Early-Bird General ($285) ☐ General ($325) ☐ Late General ($375)
☐ Early-Bird Liaisons ($238) ☐ General Liaisons ($270) ☐ Late Liaisons ($310)
☐ Early Adj./Emeri./Stu. ($245) ☐ General Adj./Emeri./Stu. ($295) ☐ Late Adj./Emeri./Stu. ($345)
☐ One Day Only ($175) ☐ Bring Fri. Lunch Guest? ($50) ☐ Bring Sat. Lunch Guest? ($50)
☐ Bring Reception Guest? ($30) *(Reception is Thursday Evening)

Pricing does not include annual membership dues

Early Reg. is on or before 5/31 General Reg. is on or before 10/20 Late Registration is after 10/20
☐ Early-Bird General ($235) ☐ General ($275) ☐ Late General ($325)
☐ Early-Bird Liaisons ($188) ☐ General Liaisons ($220) ☐ Late Liaisons ($260)
☐ Early Adj./Emeri./Stu. ($220) ☐ General Adj./Emeri./Stu. ($220) ☐ Late Adj./Emeri./Stu. ($220)
☐ One Day Only ($125) ☐ Bring Fri. Lunch Guest? ($50) ☐ Bring Sat. Lunch Guest? ($50)
☐ Bring Reception Guest? ($30) *(Reception is Thursday Evening)
Renaissance Hotel Exterior from Water at Night

To receive the discounted group rate of $179, be sure to book your reservation before October 19, 2017.  The links below and the dedicated reservation line are designed specifically for CCHA, so no code is required when using these to get the discounted rate.

Conference attendees should make reservations at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel by using either the link provided HERE or by calling the dedicated group reservation line at 1-877-212-5752. Reservations made by other means may not receive the discounted rate.

Extended Biographies

D. Watkins: Thursday Evening

D. Watkins

D. Watkins is the Editor At Large for Salon. His work has been published in the New York Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He holds a master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. He is a college professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. Watkins has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ford’s Men of Courage and a BME Fellowship. Watkins is from and lives in East Baltimore. He is the author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America.

Janine di Giovanni: Friday Lunch

Janine Di Giovanni

As of September 2017, Janine di Giovanni will be the Edward Murrow Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Affairs in New York researching Syrian minorities. She is the former Middle East editor of Newsweek and a recent Pakis Scholar at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she focused on Track 2 Diplomacy, International Law and International Security as well as war crimes

In 2016, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award for her distinguished work in war zones focusing on tracking war criminals over the past 25 years, most recently, Syria.

Currently working in Syria and Iraq, she is focusing on ISIS and other insurgency groups in the Middle East, but her overall thesis is on talking to non-state actors to reduce conflict and providing political representation post-war to minorities.

 Her most recent book, “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria” has been called “searing and necessary” by the New York Times and has so far won three awards a well as being named one of the best human rights books in 2016.  It has been translated into 18 languages so far, and has won three awards in 2016.  It is shortlisted for the Helen Bernstein Award at the New York Public Library for Excellence in Journalism.

  A skilled analyst, communicator and strategist, she is also non-resident International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation and an Associate Fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where she moderates their geopolitical debate series. She is a former Ochberg Fellow at Columbia School of Journalism, given in recognition of her work with victims of trauma. She is a frequent moderator of high-level panels, an analyst on foreign policy at conferences and has worked for the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the UN, Harvard’s Kennedy School; Princeton, the LSE, and many other institutions.  In 2014, she also worked for the Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery at Central European University with a focus on transitional justice in Aleppo.

 Her TED talk on conflict resolution and transitional justice, filmed at the USIP, has reached more than 950,000 viewers. She is a former adviser on the Syria conflict to the UNHCR, and has advised senior officials on policy for the EU, NATO and others. She was a delegate to William Hague’s conference on addressing sexual violence during conflict and has published extensively on the subject.

As a journalist, she has reported war, conflict and its aftermath for more than 25 years in the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa.  She has witnessed the siege of Sarajevo, the fall of Grozny and the destruction of Srebrenica and Rwanda in 1994 as well as more than a dozen active conflicts where she was a front-line witness.  Her documentation of war crimes has resulted in seven books and her work has been used to cite criminals in later Tribunals.

 She has won nine awards and “The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria”) and has been the subject of two long-format documentaries, including 7 Days in Syria.

Di Giovanni is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in Paris and holds American, British and French nationalities.

She has worked extensively in the following war and conflict zones and during humanitarian crisis: Palestine/Israel; Bosnia; Serbia; Kosovo; Montenegro; Albania; East Timor; Zimbabwe; Somalia; Ivory Coast; Nigeria; Liberia; Sierra Leone; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Rwanda; South Africa; Egypt; Syria; Libya; Tunisia; Lebanon; Iraq; Iran; Afghanistan; Pakistan; India; Bahrain; UAE; Algeria; Turkey Greece; Vietnam and other countries.

Bert Phillips: Saturday Lunch

Bert Phillips

Dr. P. Bertrand Phillips is a long-time champion of civil rights and social and economic justice.   He is a tireless advocate for gender equity, equal rights for all, and world peace.  As Dean of Student Affairs and professor of education and psychology of Tuskegee Institute (University, he dared to create an integrated tutorial group of college students to tutor Black students in Alabama in the summer of 1965 when Governor George Wallace was standing in the schoolhouse door defiantly shouting, “Segregation Now and Segregation Forever.”  He is currently writing a book about this period of the Civil Rights Movement.

Bert also designed, facilitated, and directed a worldwide, U.S. Navy, Race Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Program for the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Zumwalt.  During his career, he has been a secondary school teacher, a college administrator and professor and an education and organization development consultant in a wide range of industries throughout the United States and internationally.


His wife Judith, joined him in founding the Africa United States Partnership Fund, (AUSPF) AUSPF is an all-volunteer organization and it has carried out education and entrepreneurial development projects in South Africa, Lesotho, and Kenya.   AUSPF’s Mission is to help others help themselves and alleviate poverty by assisting in the empowerment of African families and communities through quality education, micro-entrepreneurial development, and financial literacy.

Bert recently received an honorary degree of Doctor of Social Sciences and Humane Letters “honors causa” awarded by the Faculty and the Board of Regents of St. Olaf College in Northfield, recognition of his accomplishments as an Educator, Consultant, and Humanitarian in advancing social, racial, and global justice.

In addition to chairing the Board of Directors of AUSPF and serving on the Board of Advisors of the Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut, He has also designed and is facilitating “The Dialogue Authenticity Process” that focuses on Positive Race Relations and Cultural Competency.

Bert has been married to Judith Victoria Stirling Phillips for 57 years.  They have one daughter, two sons and five grandchildren.

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