"The Lemon Project & 50-Year Commemoration Symposium: Building on the Legacy" Call for Proposals

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Call for Papers
January 5, 2018
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Black History / Studies, History Education, Oral History

Individual papers or panels of 3 or 4 are welcome

Desegregating Higher Education in Virginia: William and Mary in Historical Context

March 16th - 17th,2018

During the 2017-2018 academic year, William & Mary commemorates 50 years of African Americans in Residence. As a result, The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation and the 50-Year Commemoration of African Americans in Residence Committee are teaming up for “Desegregating Higher Education in Virginia: William and Mary in Historical Context.” As the first three women to live on campus at William & Mary were moving in, other colleges and universities in Virginia were experiencing similar change. What were their stories? What was their process? How did they keep moving forward? This symposium seeks to provide scholars, non-scholars, community members, students, and others a platform from which to share their research or their lived experiences on these chaotic and revolutionary times that opened doors and minds.

We seek papers that address and confront topics surrounding the desegregation of higher education in Virginia from both historical and modern perspectives. We encourage presenters to engage a wide range of methodologies and fields, such as American Studies, anthropology, history, oral history, government, and gender studies. Possible topics include but are not limited to: The Negro Education Grants, social justice, the impact of desegregation on historically black colleges and universities, developing infrastructure for a more diverse student body, student activism, student life, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Higher Education, response of the administration, on campus what’s next?


Cover Sheet Please include a cover sheet with the following information:                                             

Name; Email; Phone; Institutional Affiliation; Professional Title. Indicate whether you are a/an: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Law Student, Community Member, Faculty, Staff, Administrator

Please send a single document (Word or PDF) that includes the following:

250-300 word double-spaced description, including a title, brief summary, and discussion of how your project relates to the symposium’s theme. Brief bio (no more than 200 words)

Submit a cover sheet and proposal to: lemon@wm.edu no later than January 5, 2018

Contact Info: 

Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconcilation

College of William and Mary

250 James Blair Dr.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

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