Conference on Race at Monmouth University

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Fifth Biennial
Interdisciplinary Conference on Race

THEME: Exploring Race, Gender, and Leadership in History and Global Societies: Goals, Strategies, and Reconciliation

DATE: Thursday, November 9 to Saturday, November 11, 2017

VENUE: Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

The 2016 United States (U.S.) presidential election cycle has led to a broad debate concerning leadership. The concept of leadership and the roles of leaders are important to the development of any society. Those who lead are called upon to project moral authority not just formal authority. In modern times, there are political leaders who have promoted good governance, there are entrepreneurs who have grown their companies through ethical business practices, and there are global icons who have made significant contributions to peace and reconciliation such as Nelson Mandela.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the different categories of leadership, the strategies of leaders, and the roles and achievements of leaders in various areas of human civilization including (but not limited to) politics, religion, education, culture, law, military, and medicine while contemplating issues related to race and gender. We are particularly interested in papers related to women in leadership, "race leadership" in the African American tradition, race, ethnicity and reconciliation in African nations and papers that explore leadership in history and global societies more generally. We welcome individual papers or panel proposals that address these topics or other aspects of race, gender, and leadership from historical, anthropological, sociological, legal, cultural, and political, perspectives. Papers related to the topic of race more generally are also welcome. This conference is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in scope and we invite scholars from various disciplines as well as those with expertise in interdisciplinary fields of knowledge such as gender studies and race studies. The conference webpage will be updated periodically.

The Monmouth University race conference was founded in 2008 by Dr. Julius Adekunle and Hettie V. Williams. This conference has brought together scholars from more than fifteen U.S. states, four continents, and twelve nations. Robin D.G. Kelley, Tera Hunter, and David Roediger have all previously served as keynote speakers for this event. Dr. Jonathan Holloway will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 conference. Dr. Jennifer Scanlon among several other distinguished guests will also speak at the conference.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jonathan Holloway, Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies; Dean of Yale College.

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