5th annual Donald Blake Center Academic Conference

"What Does Equity Look Like?"

Join us April 13–16 for a teach-in conference, featuring guest speakers Rebecca Parshall, Dr. David R. Williams, and Donald Blake. Watch here.


On Tuesday, April 13, at 11 a.m., Rebecca Parshall will present “Reckoning with Racial Equity: It’s Time.” Parshall is a doctor of philosophy candidate in educational administration and policy at the University of Georgia, is program officer at Learn4Life, and is a leader with the Change Action Networks. Watch Parshall’s presentation live at wallawalla.edu/community.

Rebecca Parshall


Dr. David R. Williams

A world-renowned specialist on social impacts on public health, Dr. David R. Williams, will present the conference keynote address, “Social Inequities in Health and What We Can Do About Them,” on Wednesday, April 14, at 5 p.m. Williams is the Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University. His prior faculty appointments were at Yale University and the University of Michigan. The author of more than 500 scientific papers, his research has enhanced our understanding of the ways in which social factors, including, stress, race, economic status, racism, health behavior, and religious involvement can affect health. Williams’ presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required for participation in this Zoom lecture.


On Thursday, April 15, at 3:30 p.m., Dr. Donald Blake will present “Equity and Respect for All People.” The Donald Blake Center at WWU is named in honor of Blake who was a member of the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences from 1962 to 1969. When Blake accepted the position at WWU, he was one of the first Black tenure track faculty to be hired at a predominately white Seventh-day Adventist college or university. His teaching positions include serving on the faculty of Oakwood University, University of Rhode Island, Ohio State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Kentucky State University, and University of Hartford. He has also held administrative positions in higher education, including vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University and dean of instruction at Mississippi Valley State University. Registration is required to attend Blake’s online webinar.

Dr. Donald Blake 

 


4th annual Donald Blake Center Academic Conference

May 14–15, 2020 [canceled]


Keynote speaker: 
Claudia Castro Luna, 2018–21 Washington state poet laureate
Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the University Church


Presentation and paper proposals:
The Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University is hosting its annual Donald Blake Center Academic Conference on May 14 and 15, 2020, on the WWU campus. The DBC is calling for papers from undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. Essays will be considered that address topics related to race, ethnicity, and culture.

  • Presentation proposals and paper proposals are due by March 16, 2020.
  • Authors whose presentations or papers are accepted for the conference will be notified by March 30, 2020
  • Papers will be presented on Friday, May 15, 2020, on the campus of Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington. 
  • All proposals should be sent to: cheris.current@wallawalla.edu.
  • Both presentation and paper proposals must be prepared for blind review with the author’s name and academic affiliation only in the body of the email.

Keynote speaker

Claudia Castro Luna

2018–21 Washington state poet laureate

When she was 14, Claudia Castro Luna fled with her family from civil war in El Salvador. After earning a master of fine arts degree in poetry and a master’s degree in urban planning, Castro Luna worked as a K–12 teacher before being appointed by the mayor of Seattle as the city’s first Civic Poet. She is the author of the poetry chapbook “This City” and the collection “Killing Marías.” Castro Luna has also received national acclaim for her Seattle Poetic Grid, an online interactive map showcasing poems about different locations around the city. Castro Luna was appointed in 2018 as Washington state poet laureate. She will speak for the Donald Blake Center Academic Conference on the subject of immigration.

 


Keynote presentation

May 14, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Walla Walla University Church


3rd annual Donald Blake Center 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. 

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 Donald Blake Center 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 Donald Blake Center 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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