3rd annual academic conference

April 11-12, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Terrence Roberts
The Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University (DBC) is hosting its annual academic conference. The DBC is calling for papers from undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Essays will be considered, that address topics related to race, ethnicity and culture.

  • Individual Paper Proposals and Completed Papers Paper proposals are due by March 15, 2019.
  • Authors whose proposals and papers are accepted for presentation will be notified by March 29, 2019. 
  • Papers will be presented on Friday, April 12, 2019 on the campus of Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington. 
  • All proposals should be sent to: cheris.current@wallawalla.edu

Proposal deadline: March 15, 2019

Both proposals and papers must be prepared for blind review, with the author’s name and academic affiliation only in the body of the email. 

Terrence Roberts
March 05, 2019

Terrence Roberts

Member of Little Rock Nine to speak for annual Donald Blake Center Academic Conference


Keynote speaker

Terrence Roberts

Terrence J. Roberts, Ph.D. is one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. As a 15 year old eleventh grader, he joined eight other students and became one of the first nine black students to go to a formerly segregated public high school in Little Rock.

Read Dr. Roberts' bio >


Keynote presentation

April 11, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Walla Walla University Church



2nd annual academic conference

April 19-20, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Madley
Associate Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles

The Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University (DBC) is hosting its annual academic conference. The DBC is calling for papers to be presented at this conference and is especially interested in proposals and papers that discuss social, political, economic, cultural, literary, aesthetic, and philosophical issues related to the lives and experiences of Indigenous Americans. Essays will be considered, however, that address other topics such as:

  • Diversity, culture, governance
  • Indigenous knowledge and politics
  • Extraction: cultures and industries
  • Colonization
  • Who counts in the anthropocene? gender, sexuality, race and class
  • Critical and cultural theory
  • Globalization
  • Theories of Oppression and Privilege
  • Sustainability
  • Art and Culture
  • Art and Politics
  • Art and Theology (Theology broadly construed to include all—Eastern and Western, Polytheistic and Monotheistic—theologies)

All proposals should be sent to: timothy.golden@wallawalla.edu

Proposal deadline: March 11, 2018

Both proposals and papers must be prepared for blind review, with the author’s name and academic affiliation only in the body of the email. The Donald Blake Center is calling for papers from undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Download the Call for Papers (PDF) >


Keynote speaker

Benjamin Madley

Associate Professor of History, University of California at Los Angeles

Professor Madley, is the author of An American Genocide: the United States and the Californian Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873. 

University of California at Los Angeles Faculty Profile >


Inaugural academic conference

April 20-21, 2017

Keynote Speaker: George Yancy
Professor of Philosophy, Emory University

The Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University (DBC) is hosting its first annual academic conference. The DBC is calling for papers to be presented at this inaugural academic conference and is especially interested in proposals and paper that discuss issues of race and racism but will consider selected related topics.

To register to attend the DBC academic conference, complete the registration form below. For more information on visiting for the conference see:


Keynote speaker

George Yancy

Professor, Philosophy of Race Book Series Editor, Lexington Books


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