Seven first-year United Men of Color (UMOC) student scholars, accompanied by Professors Mary Gatta and Marcus Allen, presented at the Monmouth University Interdisciplinary Conference on Race, which took place from November 14th to the 16th at Monmouth University’s campus in West Long Branch, NJ. Their roundtable discussion on November 16th, “Black Male Initiative, Cultural Production and Social Memory,” led by Dr. Allen, provided them an opportunity to talk about the impact and importance of UMOC, and, according to Dr. Gatta, was “the highlight of the conference.”
The Guttman delegation also contributed to the intellectual and scholarly conversations throughout the three-day conference. The theme for the biennial event was “Race, Memory and Identity.” The discussions explored “the continued need to evaluate the differing ways that race and identity impact memory in connection to history, trauma, loss and remembrance,” according to the conference website.
The Guttman UMOC scholars who attended the conference are: