A selected listing of symposia, educational conferences, calls for papers, and calls for proposals that may be of interest to Howard University faculty.






Date: Mar 26, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Expiry date to the link: 2021-05-23, 11:59 PM




The Howard University Office of Faculty Development and the Dresher Center for the Humanities, UMBC

invite proposals for The Inclusion Imperative Humanities Symposium Uncomfortable Conversations:Race, The Humanities, and Inclusion in Higher Education

Friday, March 26, 2021

10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. via Zoom

We seek proposals for 10-minute panel presentations exploring the complexity and importance of conversations about race, diversity, and inclusion in the academy. We are interested in proposals that
1) address the development or implementation of diverse and inclusive curriculum or pedagogy; 2) center around collaborations between students and faculty from different institutions; and 3) create institutional structures that facilitate and support courageous conversations.

We also invite proposals for 5-minute “lightning round” presentations on any of the above topics.

In addition, we welcome digital poster exhibits to be featured on the Inclusion Imperative website and displayed during the Symposium.

Interested presenters should submit a proposal online through this form by Friday, February 26, 2021 (11:59 P.M.).

We invite scholars to consider questions such as:

  • Why are difficult conversations about race, the humanities, and inclusion necessary in higher education?
  • Why is it important to engage in conversations about the histories of systematic and institutional racism, discrimination, and oppression?
  • How does scholarship in the humanities help us discuss race, diversity, inclusion, and social justice?
  • What teaching practices help us hold difficult conversations in the classroom and foster dialogue among our students? 
  • How do we work together with students, community partners, and other members of the public to confront the complexity of diversity and inclusion, and work toward equity and social justice?

This Symposium will provide opportunities for connection among area scholars who share an interest in diversity and inclusion and will allow them to share ideas and resources for engaged pedagogy and teaching towards equity and social justice. If interested please submit a proposal online through this form by Friday, February 26, 2021 (11:59 P.M.). Please contact Jacqueline Young (jyoung1@howard.edu) with any questions.

The Inclusion Imperative is a major five-year initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to promote diversity and inclusive excellence in the humanities. The program, which is housed in the Dresher Center for the Humanities at UMBC, is developing new ways to address issues of race, equity, inclusion, and justice in communities and on college campuses. The kinds of tools provided by the humanities can help scholars and communities understand these issues in all their complexity and move together toward action and meaningful change.

Through the Inclusion Imperative partners, UMBC, Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and Howard University are cultivating a regional network of scholars who are committed to diversity and inclusion in the humanities. The Inclusion Imperative’s Diversity Teaching Network in the Humanities is expanding conversations on diversity in the curriculum, advancing community-engaged and other socially aware humanities pedagogies, and creating a supportive environment for faculty. The Diversity Teaching Network’s annual Humanities Symposium, held on a partner campus, provides a forum for humanities and arts faculty to think together and exchange ideas about these issues.