The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation will host its fourth annual national Symposium on The Value of Reconciliation in Tulsa on May 29-31, 2013. The Symposium will explore current academic research and community projects that address the general theme of reconciliation in America, with a special focus on the its generative value—its economic and social dimensions. Scholars, students, and community activists will find this in-depth exploration compelling and energizing.
The public is encouraged to attend the two free events on Thursday, May 30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel: The Town Hall Forum and the Keynote Address. The Town Hall Forum from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. features a conversation on the value of reconciliation between close friends and eminent theologians: Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Donald W. Shriver. The Keynote Address at 5:30 p.m. will be presented by Peter Edelman, L.L.B., attorney, policy maker, law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and author of So Rich So Poor: Why It’s So Hard To End Poverty in America.
Featured speakers include:
- David Blatt, Ph.D., Director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, “Closing the Opportunity Gap – Building an Equity Agenda.”
- Roberto R. Ramirez, Branch Chief, Ethnicity and Ancestry Statistics Branch, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau, “The Value of Reconciliation Going Forward: Demographic Trends Through 2050.”
- Etan Thomas, retired NBA basketball player, writer, and social activist, “An Activist Athlete Speaks About Opportunity, Equity & Race.”
Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Kate Richey, will be leading a workshop on the subject of “Building Equity: Strategies for Closing the Opportunity Gap.”
Click here for the full Symposium agenda including the full list of speakers and topics, and click here if you would like to register for the event. The registration cost for the event is:
- Full Registration $225.00
- Full Registration Student Rate $100.00
- Single Day Registration $125.00
- Reception Only May 30th $50.00
- Presenters Fee $200.00