BOUND/UNBOUND: Contemporary Black Marriage in Research, Policy,& Practice

A two-day symposium on contemporary Black marriage that takes a look at history, the impact of tensions in legal, political, and cultural realms, and the role of social and economic influences.

March 8-9, 2018
Motor House, 120 W. North Ave., Baltimore, MD 21201


Katrina Bell McDonald, Tera R. Jordan, and Jessica Marie Johnson


Johns Hopkins University Center for Africana Studies and Iowa State University College of Human Sciences


Center for Africana Studies (JHU), College of Human Sciences (Iowa State), Helen LeBaron Hilton Fund (Iowa State), Department of Sociology, Political Science, and Near Eastern Studies (JHU), Program in Women, Gender & Sexuality (JHU), Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, the Sex and Slavery Lab.


Download the symposium program.

Travel Information


Area Airports:

  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (recommended)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport
  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Driving directions and parking information for the Motor House

Motor House, 120 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

Via public transportation from the Homewood Campus: take either the JHMI Shuttle (picks up at the Interfaith Center or Barnes & Nobles) or the Charm City Circulator Purple Route (picks up on 33rd street across from Barnes & Nobles) to the North Avenue stop. Disembark. Once you are on North Avenue, walk three blocks west toward Howard Street. Motor House will be on the right side of the street.

Via public transportation from the Peabody Conservatory: take either the JHMI Shuttle or the Purple Route from the Washington Monument (N. Charles and Mt. Vernon Place), disembark at North Avenue, then walk two blocks west toward Howard Street.

For directions from Penn Station, walk north toward North Avenue, then west toward Howard Street.

Ubers and Lyfts are accessible and affordable in Baltimore.

For further information, contact (include “Symposium” in subject line) or 410-516-6385. Deadline for registration is February 1, 2018. Space is limited.