2025 Melvin Van Peebles Symposium

Theme: Disruption! Signal Fires, Reckoning, and Jubilee Through Black Art
March 27-30, 2025

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Melvin Van Peebles at the Deauville Film Festival. (Photo by Georges Baird)

Best known as a trailblazing Black filmmaker, Melvin Van Peebles was a twentieth-century Renaissance man, transcending the boundaries of race and gender as an innovator in film, theater, music, art, literature, and business. With his recent death, the aim of this symposium is to honor and celebrate his life and legacy by providing a platform to review, study, and share the historical and contemporary impact of Van Peebles, and how through this examination, we might gain important insights about broader political and cultural dynamics. Furthermore, the symposium seeks to recognize emerging artists and artistry that extend Van Peebles' radical tradition.

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Symposium Contact Info


Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

Symposium Co-Chairs

Antron Mahoney
Eva Paris-Huesca