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Black Ivy Alumni League



For Immediate Release


"Black Faculty in the Ivy League: Where Do We Go From Here?"
October 22-23, 2004       Columbia University - New York

New York, NY (July 26, 2004) In light of the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the recent challenges to Affirmative Action, the Institute for Research in African American Studies is hosting Black Faculty in the Ivy League: Where Do We Go From Here?, an interdisciplinary conference scheduled for October 22-23, 2004.

African-Americans began to enter Ivy League Institutions in larger numbers following the social unrest of the 1960's and the assassination of Martin Luther King. This conference will not be a self-congratulatory occasion; instead it provides us the opportunity to provide reflective, critical and forward thinking analysis. Some of the issues we hope to address include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • History of Blacks in the Ivy League (Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University)
  • How, if at all, has the growing presence of Blacks on Ivy League Campuses in the last 35 years influenced the status of black people both within and outside of the academy?
  • The future of Affirmative Action
  • The relationship between the Ivy League and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • The relationship between Black faculty, students and alumni
  • The relationship between Black faculty, administrators and staff
  • The relationship with local communities (Exploring the relationship between our positions as members of the University Community and/or members of local black communities)
  • The feasibility of an organized structure to address the needs and concerns of black faculty

We welcome abstracts for individual papers, panels, roundtables or workshops. Please create a title page for your submission that includes the following: title, presentation format, name of presenter(s), institutional affiliation (if appropriate; we also welcome submissions from independent scholars), mailing address, email address, phone number and fax number.

***Abstracts should be submitted by August 1, 2004***
Presenters will be notified by September 1, 2004.

Please submit abstracts to
Mr. Russell Malbrough
Institute for Research in African American Studies/Columbia University
1200 Amsterdam Avenue, Mail Code 5512
New York, New York 10027

Or electronically to:


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Mr. Russell Malbrough

Campus Relations Chair

Black Ivy Alumni League