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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.

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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


Last update on February 14, 2019