2013 National Symposium


Opportunity, Equity & Race

May 29 – 31, 2013, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Honoring the memory of Scott Zarrow

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What Is The Value of Reconciliation?

  • What do we stand to gain economically, politically, socially and morally from pursuing cultural harmony?
  • What stands in the way of reconciliation?
  • Who will lead the way to racial, ethnic and social reconciliation?

The fourth annual John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation Symposium will address these and other questions. Thought-provoking leaders in business, religion, academia, and community involvement will offer their ideas, experiences and wisdom during sessions designed to encourage discussion and reflection. Scholars, students, and community activists will find this in-depth exploration compelling and energizing. The symposium advances the Center’s mission of promoting reconciliation and generating trust through scholarly work and constructive community engagement.

Free-to-the-Public Events: Town Hall Forum and Keynote Address

The Tulsa community is invited to attend two free events on Thursday, May 30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel:

Town Hall Forum

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:

ForbesRev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.,  Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, an interdenominational (American Baptist and United Church of Christ) church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City




ShriverRev. Dr. Donald W. Shriver, Emeritus President of the Faculty and William E. Dodge Professor of Applied Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in New York.


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Keynote Address

EdelmanThe Keynote Address at 5:30 p.m. 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. Click here for speaker biographical information





Presenting Sponsors

Oklahoma Humanities Council

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation            The Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation

                 Keynote Sponsor                   

Ruth Nelson

Town Hall Sponsor

 Saint Francis Health Systems

Event Sponsor

The University of Tulsa

Plenary Session Sponsors

OSU – Tulsa and OSU Health Sciences          Tulsa Community Foundation

ONEOK            Cherokee Nation Enterprises, Inc.

Michael and Libby Johnson             Julius and Wennette Pegues

Session Sponsors

The Hille Family Foundation              Samson Energy

Tulsa Regional Chamber/Visit Tulsa               Spirit Aero Systems

Langston University                University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies

Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice            First Oklahoma Bank

Sam and Rita Combs           Mary Athens         John Gibson

Lee Clark Johns     Rand and Sweb Suffolk      Michael Pegues      Monica Basu

In-kind Donors

Arts and Humanities Council         Philbrook          Third Floor Design

Bob Hurley Ford


OHC logoThis program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the symposium do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.