Research & Creative Activity Symposium
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 6th Annual Research and Creative Activity Symposium will be held April 16-17, 2019 on the campus of Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.
The RCAS encourages papers, posters, and panel proposals from students, faculty, and independent scholars centered around the symposium’s theme: The Importance of Liberal Arts at HBCUs.
Deadline: For consideration, please submit a 300-500 word abstract/proposal to https://goo.gl/forms/M7N9l01ulSKhIRgT2 by February 13 by 11:59 PM (CST).
Fees: The event is free and open to the public. There are no fees for presenters, with the exception of ASU faculty members who are asked to pay $10.
The final program for the 2019 symposium will be based on the content of submissions.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The celebration of achievements of well-known HBCU liberal arts majors
- Issues of relevance and resonance surrounding the teaching of “canonical” writers (mostly white, male, and dead) in literature classes at HBCUs
- Dispelling myths regarding the “useless” nature of a liberal arts degree
- Issues facing first-generation students
- Issues facing nontraditional students
- Issues of cross-cultural sensitivities regarding black students and nonblack professors
- Meeting the needs of students who require remediation in Rhetoric and Composition
- Cultural misunderstandings and common ground among Africans and African American students and scholars
- The transformational role of college
- Marginalized groups on HBCU campuses
- The value of interdisciplinary research
- Attracting international students to liberal arts programs
- The challenges of Black women professors
- The challenges of Black male professors
- The challenges faculty face working with limited resources on a HBCU campus
- Myths and realities about HBCUs
- Forming coalitions among HBCUs
- Technology as an asset
- The use of popular culture in the classroom
- Teaching history in a historically significant city
- Black identity as portrayed in mass media
- The Christian identity at HBCUs
- Afrocentric teaching at HBCUs
- Teaching colonialism at HBCUs
- Teaching slavery on a HBCU campus
- Feminism on HBCU campuses
- The state of Black Studies programs or courses at HBCUs
- The usefulness of second languages
- Lack of tenure-track positions and the reliance on contingent faculty
- Deep Learning vs. Surface Learning