Nashville-Based HBCUSTORY, Inc. in partnership with the Nashville Public Library and the Nashville Public Library Foundation, will host the 2013 HBCUStory Symposium on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The keynote speaker for this historic event will be none other than Michael J. Sorell, Esq., President of Paul Quinn College in Dallas. Sorell is credited with his school’s incredible turnaround in recent years. The convenor is Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D., HBCUStory’s founder and executive editor. Celebrating over one hundred years of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the 2013 HBCUstory Symposium themed “Inspiring Stories of the Past and Present, For Our Future” offers a chance to hear fresh voices and new ideas from 15 scholars from across the nation.
“Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have produced some of most important African-American voices of our time as well as those of bygone eras. As we continue to move forward, our annual symposium gives members and newcomers alike a chance to listen, learn and think on some of the most important issues facing HBCUs and the African-American community.”
- Date: Saturday, April 27th 2013
- Location: Nashville Public Library, Nashville, TN
- Time: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
- Registration (required): Register online at eventbrite.
- Costs: $25.00 (includes lunch)
Note: Only a limited number of event-day registrations will be allowed, so reserve your spot as early as possible!
Topics to be discussed:
- Current, past and future LGBTQ issues, particularly within the HBCU and African-American communities.
- Historical supporters of HBCUs, the lessons we can learn from them and their application in the modern HBCU world.
- The history and cultural significance of HBCU student publications.
- Racial and economic disparity, particularly that which directly affects HBCUs.
- The importance of preserving and maintaining HBCU special collections and archives, including ways to create funding for these vital projects.
- HBCU wellness initiatives tackling health issues which are disproportionally common in the African-American community, including breast cancer, obesity and STI’s.
- Practical and successful strategies for HBCU fund-raising, including the importance of alumni donations and proposed methods for prompting more recent grads to donate.
This is only a sampling of the varied topics and speakers slated to appear at this year’s symposium. The event promises to be educational, inspiring and a lot of fun as well!
For more information visit the 2013 HBCUstory Symposium Presenters page or contact:
Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D.