ANSWER THE CALL | HBCUstory Symposium 2015 Call for Papers


HBCUstory Symposium 2015 | Call for Papers Theme | Reconstruction in a New Age of Resistance: Respecting our Roots. Restoring our Rites. Presented by | HBCUstory, Inc. + Fisk University

HBCUstory Inc., in partnership with the Fisk University, proudly presents the third annual HBCUstory SYMPOSIUM Oct. 9-10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Held in Nashville, Tennessee, a distinctively southern city that is home to four of the nation’s 107 HBCUs, the two-day research and cultural symposium is first of its kind to convene Historically Black College and University (HBCU) researchers, presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Themed, “Reconstruction in a New Age of Resistance: Respecting our Roots. Restoring our Rites,” this year’s symposium will contextualize the resistance proponents of black education faced during the Reconstruction era, juxtaposing those challenges with the current economic, political, social, and cultural climate in which the nation’s HBCUs operate. Call for Papers, Organized Sessions and Panel Guidelines July 15, 2015 is the deadline for abstracts and sessions. The two-day symposium’s registration cost of $125 includes lunch. An early-bird registration rate of $85 is available for a limited time. Registration is available online at: Note: Each presenter is limited to one submission. The 2015 HBCUstory Symposium Planning Committee invites proposals that meet one or both of the following criteria: ● The presentation is related to a preeminent HBCU figure (alumnus, alumna, administrator, faculty member, etc.) or to a single, group and/or all HBCUs from their founding to today. Presentations may address a variety of topics including history, information science; STEM; fundraising and development; partnerships and mergers, student persistence and retention; diversity and inclusion (LBGTQ, women studies); as well as athletics and wellness. Possible topics may be historical, investigative or scientific in nature. ● The presentation is related to a highly successful program, initiative or practice currently underway at a single, group and or all HBCUs. Presentations relating to HBCU partnerships are especially welcomed. Presenters are not required to have an HBCU affiliation. The committee accepts proposals for single papers but encourages session proposals that include two or three papers. Single paper proposals and organized sessions must include: Paper Title Abstract (200 word limit) HBCU + Nature of HBCU Affiliation (if applicable) Submitted by (list name, institution, title, mailing address, email) The Committee accepts proposals for panels of three persons, which must include: Panel Title Suggested Panel Chair Brief Panel Description (250 word limit) List of Panelists (list name, institution, title, email) HBCU, Nature of HBCU Affiliation (if applicable) Submitted by (list name, institution, title, mailing address, email) Early-bird registration is strongly encouraged for favorable consideration. Please make all submissions and/or inquires to the HBCUstory Symposium 2015 Convenor Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. via email at cadegregory-at-hbcustory-dot-com.

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A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is a graduate of the historic Fisk University ’03. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University, ’14, where she formerly taught in the department of history, geography and political science. A professional historian and passionate HBCU advocate, she is editor-in-chief of the forthcoming The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. She is also a regular contributor to HBCU Digest, is a co-host of Black Docs radio show, and offers a wide-range of expertise on multiple topics including history, culture, education, black fraternity and sorority life and of course HBCUs. Follow her on twitter at @HBCUstorian, visit her website at, or contact her via email at