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Call for Papers: Bi-Annual Conference “Race and Equity in Higher Ed”

The Activist History Review invites proposals for its bi-annual conference, “Race and Equity in Higher Ed,” to be held on June 13, 2020 at Villanova University.

The Activist History Review invites proposals for its bi-annual conference, “Race and Equity in Higher Ed,” to be held on June 13, 2020 at Villanova University. 

As the story goes, a college education facilitates the American dream. Accessible to all, we’re told, higher education drives social mobility and ensures that the best and the brightest all rise to the top. But from crippling student debt to racial disparities in access and the admissions-rigging system that ranges from SAT prep to outright bribes, college access is bound by the very forces of race, class, and gender that a college degree purports to correct. 

Dec. 3, 2018 student protest at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Photograph by Daniel Hosterman.

TAHR seeks to help unravel the relationship of race and place, which together overwhelmingly shape American life, in higher education at our bi-annual conference. We invite panel, poster, roundtable, multimedia, and individual proposals exploring issues of race and equity in higher education from academics and activists alike. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Student movements.
  • Administrative diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Effects of segregation in “lower ed.”
  • Race and equity in the curriculum.
  • Indigenous space, knowledge, and values.
  • Issues of access and privilege.
  • Slavery and the university projects.
  • Monumentation and representation.
  • Effects of dwindling opportunities after graduation.
  • The role of HBCUs in the 21st century.

The conference will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Villanova University just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Please email proposals of no more than 300 words for panels and individual papers to William Horne by Wednesday, April 1st, along with a brief bio and current contact information.

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