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A Symposium Examining Race and Economic Inequality on the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of W.E.B. Du Bois and the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 22-23, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia

Conference Information

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois and the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Clark Atlanta University will memorialize the occasion by holding A Symposium Examining Race and Economic Inequality on the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of W.E.B. Du Bois and the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (hereinafter “Symposium”) on February 22-23, 2018.  This Symposium provides a place for academic expressions in a critical vein, which challenge dominate Eurocentric understandings of our history, our present, and our future. The Symposium is generously supported by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, which is supported by the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation.

All events are free and open to the public, but you must register below. 

Call for Papers

Click here to download the official call for papers.

This Symposium provides a place for academic expressions in a critical vein, which challenge dominate Eurocentric understandings of our history, our present, and our future.  We hope that those attending the Symposium will:

i) acknowledge, recognize, and discuss the inherent tensions and challenges that lie with educating about democracy, economic and social inequality;

ii) learn tools and strategies to strengthen their ability to foster and deepen their community’s engagement with their local and national elected officials;

iii) network and connect with other individuals dedicated to scholar activism and;

iv) be exposed to and integrate the latest research findings from the scholarly field by those studying social, economic and democratic engagement.  

Possibilities include topics related to: 

  • Race Relations
  • Business and Economics
  • Church, Family and Uplift
  • Immigration
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Du Bois and King (Linkages and Distinctions)
  • Innovation and Inequality
  • (Theorizing) Race Place and Space
  • Inequality, Economics, and Social Outcomes
  • Inequality and Political Representation 

We welcome and encourage both young and established scholars, as well as activists, to submit an abstract or attend the conference and engage in these important conversations.*

*Support of up to $500 is available for up to 8 participants, must be from at least 2 hours away.  Preference will be given to graduate students, young scholars and/or those from teaching colleges.  More details found Here.

Timeline

Call for papers introduced: October 18, 2017

Abstracts Due to Dr. Combs at bcombs@cau.edu: November 27, 2017 by 5pm

Decisions announced: December 18, 2017

Featured Panelists, Keynotes and Speakers 

Name

Affiliation

Photo

Bruce Berger, J.D. Clark Atlanta University Bruce Berger
John Sibley Butler, Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin John Sibley Butler
Claybourne Carson, Ph.D. Stanford University Claybourne Carson
Obie Clayton, Ph.D. Clark Atlanta University Obie Clayton
Barbara Combs, Ph.D. Clark Atlanta University Barbara Combs
Vicki Crawford, Ph.D. Morehouse College Vicki Crawford
Stephanie Evans, Ph.D. Clark Atlanta University Stephanie Evans
Robert M. Franklin, Jr., Ph.D. Emory University Robert Franklin
Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, Ph.D. Colby College Cheryl Gilkes
Andra Gillepsie, Ph.D. Emory University Andra Gillespie
June Gary Hopps, Ph.D. University of Georgia June Gary Hopps
Marcus Anthony Hunter, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles Marcus Anthony Hunter
Martin Kenney, Ph.D. University of California, Davis Martin Kenney
Lane Kenworthy, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego Lane Kenworthy
Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D. President Emerita of Bennett College Julianne Malveaux
Aldon Morris, Ph.D. Northwestern University Aldon Morris
Deirdre Oakley, Ph.D. Georgia State University Deirdre Oakley
Britt Rusert, Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Britt Rusert
Sandra Taylor, Ph.D. Clark Atlanta University Sandra Taylor
Seneca Vaught, Ph.D. Kennesaw State University Seneca Vaught
Earl Wright, II, Ph.D. University of Cincinnati Earl Wright II

Symposium Agenda

Please see the draft symposium agenda for traveling planning purposes.  To be added to the distribution list when it's finalized, email curc@cau.edu.

Light breakfasts + lunches will be provided for all attendees.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know as soon as possible.

Registration/RSVP

Please let us know if you are coming as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.

Lodging

The Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown will be the official symposium hotel.  
431 Marietta Street, NW
This hotel is within walking distance to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Centennial Olympic Park.

To book using the conference rate, click here and use code CR 27755 for rate of $139/night.

There will be a shuttle provided once daily from the hotel to CAU campus and once daily from CAU campus to hotel.  Exact times TBD.

Directions to Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University

223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.

Thomas W. Cole Research Building

Atlanta, GA 30314

From I-75/85 North or South:
Take I-20 West. Exit at Joseph Lowery Boulevard. Turn right onto Joseph Lowery Boulevard and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street and continue to James P. Brawley Drive. Clark Atlanta University's campus will be on both sides of the street. Visitor parking is available in the parking deck at the corner of Fair and Mildred Streets.

From Downtown:
Take Centennial Olympic Drive past the CNN Center (Phillips Arena) to M. L. King, Jr. Drive. Turn west (right) onto M. L. King, Jr. Drive. Make a left onto Northside Drive. Make a right onto Fair Street (Atlanta Student Movement) (south). Clark Atlanta University will be ahead on the left and right sides. Visitor parking is available in the parking deck at the corner of Fair and Mildred Streets.

Traveling From I-20 East (Westbound):
Exit at Joseph Lowery Boulevard. Turn right onto Joseph Lowery Boulevard and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street and continue to James P. Brawley Drive. Clark Atlanta University's campus will be on both sides of the street. Visitor parking is available in the parking deck at the corner of Fair and Mildred Streets.

Traveling From I-20 West (Eastbound):
Exit at Joseph Lowery Boulevard. Turn left onto Joseph Lowery Boulevard and continue to Fair Street. Turn right onto Fair Street and continue to James P. Brawley Drive. Clark Atlanta University's campus will be on both sides of the street. Visitor parking is available in the parking deck at the corner of Fair and Mildred Streets.

Traveling via MARTA:
The AUC Shuttle provides service to Clark Atlanta from the West End MARTA station on the red/gold line and the Vine City MARTA station on the blue/green line during AUC Woodruff Library hours. At West End, the shuttle drops off and picks up passengers across the street from the MARTA station.

The closest MARTA station is Vine City on the west rail line, though the area isn’t the safest for walking. Use caution or bring a bike. Take a blue or green line train to the Vine City MARTA station (transfer at the Five Points Station to any westbound train if you are traveling from the red or gold line). From the station, take the Electric Avenue exit out of the station and turn left. At the first intersection keep right on Maple Drive, right on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, then left on Walnut Street (see walking map).  Walking time is less than 15 minutes.

Riders can also get on bus 13 or bus 3 at the Five Points (be sure to board a westbound bus 3 toward H.E. Holmes). Bus 3 travels down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and bus 13 on Fair Street through the campus.

Traveling via UBER/LYFT:
If you are taking UBER, please be aware, that the driver will not be able to drive ON campus.  You will have to be let off at the guard gate at James P. Brawley and Atlanta Student Movement.

Campus Map Found Here

Tour Information/Points of Interest

The Office of Admissions will be offering FREE tours on both days of the symposium.  Times TBD.  To schedule, email here: curc@cau.edu. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the symposium be held?

All symposium sessions will be held on CAU's campus.

Where can I park?

There are three options for parking at Clark Atlanta University.

Clark Atlanta University: $5/daily

Morehouse College: $3/daily

Atlanta University Center Robert Woodruff Library 

I want to invite colleagues and friends to the event, is there a flyer I can email to them or post in my department bulletin board?

Yes!  We encourage you to invite any interested parties to attend.  Flyers found here.

How can I check the weather?

We are hoping for good weather, but in the case of inclement weather, please check the CAU website for updates.

How much does it cost to attend this symposium?

Free!  The symposium speaker honoraria, meals and facility space has been generously donated to us by our sponsors listed below. (Grant no. 83-18-01 from the Russell Sage Foundation and The Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline supported by the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation)

What if I miss the event?  Will it be recorded?

We hope you will be able to attend, but we understand you may have other priorities.  CAU-TV will be the official videographers of the event.  A link will be provided via this website.  We will also have a photographer onsite during this historic event.

Will food be provided?

Yes!  We will provide breakast and lunch during the symposium on Thursday and Friday.  Please select meals during registration.

Organizers Contact Information

Dr. Barbara Combs, Chair, Department of Sociology/Criminal Justice, bcombs@cau.edu, 404-880-8688

Dr. Obie Clayton, Department of Sociology/Criminal Justice, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity & Director of the QEP, oclayton@cau.edu, 404-880-6976

Ms. Kamilah Cole, Center for Undergraduate Research and Creativity, kcole1@cau.edu, 404-880-6863

This symposium is made possible by Grant no. 83-18-01 from the Russell Sage Foundation and The Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline supported by the American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation.