ASU to Host Annual Graetz Symposium

Event date
Apr 23,2019
Event Time range
09:00 am - 03:00 pm

The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at ASU will host The Robert and Jean Graetz Symposium on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome Banquet Room. 

Civil rights leaders and scholars, along with community activists, will discuss the relevance of nonviolent resistance in the solution of 21st-century problems. The Symposium also will examine the role of nonviolent resistance as a tactic/strategy/ and viable philosophy in blacks’ efforts to overcome racial oppression and as a model for solving conflicts between individuals, within communities and among nations around the world.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Morning Sessions 
9:35 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. “The Historical, Spiritual/ Ethical and Ideological Roots of Nonviolent Resistance to Societal Conflicts | Presenter: Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Civil Rights Activist, Minister, College Lecturer and Strategist on Nonviolent Social Change
10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. “Nonviolent Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement" | Presenter: Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia 
10:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. “Nonviolent Resistance - A Personal Transformative Philosophy and Theology” | Presenter: Dr. Ruby Sales, Founder, SpiritHouse Project, Civil Rights Activist and Lecturer
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. “Nonviolent Resistance and Martin Luther King, Jr.” | Presenter: Dr. Keith Burton, Director, Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations/ Professor of Religion, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama

Luncheon (RSVP required)
12:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. “The Spirituality of Nonviolent Resistance & the Struggle for the Beloved Community” | Presenter: Dr. Robert White, Instructor of Humanities, Alabama State University

Afternoon Session
Nonviolent Resistance in the Twenty-First Century"
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
This workshop looks at nonviolent resistance as a tool for solving problems facing communities in the twenty-first century. Attorney AinkaJackson, Executive Director of Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth andReconciliation will moderate a panel discussion with community activists and leaders, including Charles Lee, Executive Director of That's My Child; Deandre Burns, High School Program Director at Common Ground Montgomery; and more.   

For more information, call 334-229-8568.