DURHAM, NH –The role of Black Americans in science and engineering – as well as the myths promoting a belief in racial inferiority – will be explored at the 11th annual Black New England Conference on Oct. 20-21 at the University of New Hampshire.

Organized by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, the annual conference brings together experts and the public to discuss the Black American experience.

Special guests this year include: Katherine Sanders, the granddaughter of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, profiled in the movie Hidden Figures; Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls CODE, which trains girls how to code computers; and Yvonne Goldsberry, PhD, MPH, MSUP, president of the Endowment for Health in New Hampshire.

The conference, hosted by the Center for New England Culture, will feature panel discussions on: Reintroducing Regional Black Scientists & Innovators; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Tracing Genetic Ancestry and Reclaiming Black Spaces; Inventing Race: Science, Medicine & Big Business; Anthropology’s Role in Constructing and Deconstructing the Science of Race; and Afrofuturism: The Way Forward.

Conference participants may attend a guided Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail Tour Friday morning before the conference begins.

Conference sponsors are Endowment for Health, TD Bank, Eastern Bank, Fabulous Find, Delta Dental, Exeter Hospital, and the following UNH offices and programs: Office of the Provost, Carsey School of Public Policy, College of Health & Human Services, College of Life Science and Agriculture, Center for New England Culture, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Center for the Humanities, Dean’s Office at the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences, Faculty Division, Office of Community Equity & Diversity
, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of Engagement and Academic Outreach, Paul College of Business and Economics, The President’s Commission, University of New Hampshire Academic Affairs, University of New Hampshire Graduate School, University of New Hampshire School of Law & Women’s Studies

To register or for more information, call 603-318-5120 or visit: http://cola.unh.edu/center-new-england-culture/2017-black-new-england-conference.

Kimberly Bryant in the news. 

Google’s New York City Office Is Now Home to Non-Profit Black Girls Code : http://fortune.com/2016/06/28/black-girls-code-google/

Meet the founders, execs, engineers, and VCs shaking up the world’s most powerful industry: http://www.elle.com/culture/tech/a46301/elle-women-in-tech-2017/