DATE: Thursday, November 9 to Saturday, November 11, 2017
VENUE: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
The 2016 United States (U.S.) presidential election cycle has led to a broad debate concerning leadership. The concept of leadership and the roles of leaders are important to the development of any society. Those who lead are called upon to project moral authority not just formal authority. In modern times, there are political leaders who have promoted good governance, there are entrepreneurs who have grown their companies through ethical business practices, and there are global icons who have made significant contributions to peace and reconciliation such as Nelson Mandela.
The purpose of this conference is to explore the different categories of leadership, the strategies of leaders, and the roles and achievements of leaders in various areas of human civilization including (but not limited to) politics, religion, education, culture, law, military, and medicine while contemplating issues related to race and gender. We are particularly interested in papers related to women in leadership, "race leadership" in the African American tradition, race, ethnicity and reconciliation in African nations and papers that explore leadership in history and global societies more generally. We welcome individual papers or panel proposals that address these topics or other aspects of race, gender, and leadership from historical, anthropological, sociological, legal, cultural, and political, perspectives. Papers related to the topic of race more generally are also welcome. This conference is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope and we invite scholars from various disciplines as well as those with expertise in interdisciplinary fields of knowledge such as gender studies and race studies. The conference webpage will be updated periodically.
Send a 150-word abstract and title for each paper, one page curriculum vitae for each participant, and contact information for each presenter by May 30, 2017 to Hettie V. Williams and Julius Adekunle at: email@example.com.
The Monmouth University race conference was founded in 2008 by Dr. Julius Adekunle and Hettie V. Williams. This conference has brought together scholars from more than fifteen U.S. states, four continents, and twelve nations. Robin D.G. Kelley, Tera Hunter, and David Roediger have all previously served as keynote speakers for this event. Dr. Jonathan Holloway will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 conference. Dr. Jennifer Scanlon among several other distinguished guests will also speak at the conference.
Dr. Jonathan Holloway, Edmund S. Morgan
Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies;
Dean of Yale College
"Jonathan Holloway (GRD,
1995), is Dean of Yale College and Edmund S. Morgan Professor of
African American Studies, History, and American Studies. He specializes
in post-emancipation United States history with a focus on social and
intellectual history. He is the author of
Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941
Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940
(2013), both with the University of North Carolina Press. He edited Ralph Bunche's
A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership
(NYU Press, 2005) and co-edited
Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century
(Notre Dame University Press, 2007). He has written an introduction for a new edition of W.E.B. Du Bois's
Souls of Black Folk
, published by Yale University Press in 2015.
Holloway won the William Clyde DeVane
Award for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College in 2009
and the Before Columbia Foundation's American Book Award in 2014. He
served as the master of
from 2005-2014, and was Chair of the Council of Masters from
2009-2013. He began a three-year term as Chair of the Department of
African American Studies in 2013. That term was abbreviated when he was
named Dean of Yale College beginning in July 2014.
He has held fellowships from the W.E.B.
Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, the Stanford
Humanities Center, and the Ford Foundation. He was an Alphonse Fletcher
Sr. Fellow in 2011-2012. Currently, he is a Distinguished Lecturer for
the Organization of American Historians."
TEDxYale talk by Dr. Holloway: Memory in the Diaspora: Jonathan Holloway at TEDxYale
Dr. Jennifer R. Scanlon, Bowdoin College
Dr. Scanlon is Professor of Gender,
Sexuality, and Women's Studies, and Interim Dean for Academic Affairs at
Bowdoin. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. women's
history, consumer culture, popular culture, feminist biography, and
feminist pedagogy. See Dr. Scanlon's biography at:
Dr. Elizabeth Higginbotham, Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Delaware
Elizabeth Higginbotham (B.A., City
College of the City University of New York; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis
University) is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of
Delaware where she also held appointments in Black American Studies and
Women and Gender Studies. She is currently a Research Associate at the
Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware. She spent much of her career at
the Center for Research on Women and on the Sociology faculty at the
University of Memphis where she conducted research and organized
curriculum transformation workshops in the 1980s and 1990s. She is the
Too Much to Ask: Black Women in the Era of Integration
(University of North Carolina Press, 2001), co-author with Margaret L. Andersen of
Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape
(Cengage Learning, fourth edition 2016) and co-editor of
Women and Work: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Class
(Sage Publications, 1997; with Mary Romero). Higginbotham has
authored many articles in journals and anthologies on the work
experiences of African American women, women in higher education, and
curriculum transformation. She is widely recognized as a major scholar
of intersection of race, class and gender.
Along with colleagues Bonnie Thornton
Dill and Lynn Weber, Higginbotham is a recipient of the American
Sociological Association Jessie Bernard Award and Distinguished
Contributions to Teaching Award for the work of the Center for Research
on Women at the University of Memphis. She received the Robin M.
Williams Jr. Award from the Eastern Sociological Society, given annually
to one distinguished sociologist. Higginbotham served a term as vice
president of the Eastern Sociological Society, and has held many elected
and appointed leadership positions in the American Sociological
Presentation by Dr. Higginbotham at the Black Women in the Ivory Towers Conference
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