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Black Leadership Across Campuses

BLAC Fall 2022 Symposium @ Rice University


October 28 & 29, 2022

Farnsworth Pavilion | RMC/Ley Student Center

The first in a series of conferences addressing a range of themes that explore the mission and cultural world(s) framed by HBCUs.

​“Black Leadership Across Campuses” (BLAC) – expands our efforts to foster new generations of impactful leaders and recognizes a need to move beyond individual campuses in ways that serve to dismantle the divide between historical Black institutions of higher education (HBCUs) and predominantly white institutions of higher education (PWIs). The goal is to develop and nurture strategies for fostering generations of academic leadership equipped to address issues of justice demanding attention, and to do this in ways that entail collaboration across HBCUs and PWIs.

Friday, October 28, 2022

9:00 AM   

Welcome & Introduction

9:15 -10:15 AM

Dr. Melanye Price | Prairie View University
The Gospel of Asking Questions: Creating a Healthy Climate of Skepticism at HBCUs

10:20 -11:20 AM

Dr. Jason Curry | Fisk University
Practical Theology within an HBCU Community: Methods and Models of Success 

11:35 AM - 12:35 PM

Dr. Cecil Duffie | Wiley College
“We’ve Come This Far by Faith!”: Our Past, Purpose & Power 


12:35 - 2:40 PM

Afternoon Break


2:40 - 3:40 PM

Dr. Marla Frederick | Emory University
Women, Religion and the Building of HBCUs

3:45 - 4:45 PM   

Dr. Johnny Hill | Hood Theological Seminary
For Truth and Service: The Religious Origins and Future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

5:05 - 6:05 PM   

Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev | TX Southern University
From Triangular Trade to Pentagonal Pyramid: Intellectual Exchange and the African Diaspora in Texas: 1870s-1950s

Saturday, October 29, 2022

8:30 AM

Doors Open


9:00 -10:00 AM

Professor Quincy Rineheart | Morehouse College
Bayard Rustin: A Paradigm for Rethinking HBCUs, Sexuality, and Religion


10:05 -11:05 AM

Dr. Cleve Tinsley | Virginia Union University

Religion and the Soul-Struggles of HBCUs

Black Leadership Across Campuses (BLAC)

​A Joint-Project by CERCL and the Virginia Union University Center for the Study of HBCUs

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