2014 Call for Papers

Call for Papers & Presentations

John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation

5th Annual Symposium on Reconciliation in America:  Education for Reconciliation

29 & 30 May 2014 ~~ Tulsa, Oklahoma

 The Call for Papers is now closed.  Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2014 National Symposium on Reconciliation in America.

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The merit is in making desegregation work. . . .  We haven’t pressed our communities. We haven’t pressed our educational systems to stand up and do what they’re supposed to do. . . . I have not lived all these years to want to go back. I want to go forward. I want to improve what we’ve got.”

~~ John Hope Franklin (Stetson Law Review, April 20, 2005)

The act of reconciliation requires us to change from a past way of doing or being, to recognize that shift, and acknowledge the change so others may know it has occurred.  Put another way, reconciliation requires us to go forward.  National and local events show us that race-based differences of understanding and interpretation are rampant.  Indeed, any difference (race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, or language) may be cause for misunderstanding and intolerance.  The theme for the 2014 Symposium on Reconciliation in America:  Education for Reconciliation calls us to explore the learning and experiences needed to shift our national mindset toward understanding and appreciation.

Symposium participants will explore current scholarly research and community-based programs that address the general theme of reconciliation in America, with a special focus on the roles and opportunities for education as we push toward unity in local, national and international settings.  The symposium theme prompts the following questions:

  • What lessons will guide us away from unhelpful points of view?
  • How can curriculum initiatives such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) or Common Core or ELL (English Language Learning) relate to reconciliation?
  • How can we foster inclusiveness in every social sphere?
  • Who should be learning these lessons and who should be leading them?
  • Where should this learning take place?
  • How do we stem the tide of disenfranchisement and assure that access leads to excellence?
  • How do we learn empathy?  What roles will be should be assigned to public education?
  • Who will be our teachers and how will they prepare for this immeasurably important work?
  • What theories should guide us?
  • What successful models can we adapt and adopt?

The John Hope Franklin Center seeks to transform society’s divisions into social harmony through the serious study and work of reconciliation. Consistent with that mission, the symposium encourages attention to historic events around which education for reconciliation is needed and insights into “best practices” that foster hope and healing.

All presenters must register for the Symposium by 15 April 2014.  Online registration will open 1 March 2014.

2014 Session Formats

By convening scholars and practitioners, the John Hope Franklin Center promotes a dialogue among those who work to bridge societal divides.  To optimize the value of the symposium, we are providing a variety of concurrent session formats to help participants share their work in more dynamic ways.  By submitting a session proposal, you recognize that your presentation may fit into one of the session formats listed below.  Please indicate a preference for session format in your proposal and even structure your presentation to reflect a particular session format.  However, because some formats may be more popular than others, the program planners may need to modify the initial session preference to fit within the available time slots.

Poster Presentation:  Presentations given during a gathering of conference participants during which participants can walk around and learn from presenters.  Time allotment:  1-1/2 hours during lunch

Concurrent Presentation:  Two or three similar papers (and presentations) will be grouped together to create one session.  Time allotment:  1-1/2 hours.

Workshop:  A “hands-on” session where presenters bring their projects or papers to life in the room.  A workshop might present poetry or rehearsed theatrical performances by students to show how they learned about the concept of reconciliation.  Proposals for workshops must clearly indicate how the session will be hands-on and what activities.  Workshop sessions may be scheduled during Pre-Conference Activities (Wed, 28 or Thu, 29 May) or during regular conference activities (Thu, 29 or Fri, 30 May).  Time allotment:  1-1/2 – 2 hours.

Panel:  Combinations of faculty and students and community practitioners who have worked together on one project or program or issue will sit on a panel and discuss their experiences.  Panel sessions should allow at least 15 minutes for Questions & Answers.  Time allotment:  1 hour.


For more information about the Symposium or the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, please contact Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne, Executive Director, 918-295-5009, jocpayne@jhfcenter.org OR Jeff Kos, Esq., Symposium Committee Chairman, 918-281-8600.


“We are going to do our best to reach out to every citizen of the United States, to engage them in every way possible, and to make certain that they appreciate fully the opportunity which we have to do something not only significant but even spectacular.”

                                                                                                                          ~~ John Hope Franklin

Submit Your Proposal

Please send your Symposium session proposal as an e-mail attachment by February 15, 2014, to jocpayne@jhfcenter.org, Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne, Executive Director, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Inc.

Click here to download Proposal Submission Form


For more information about the Symposium or the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, please contact Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne, Executive Director, 918-295-5009, jocpayne@jhfcenter.org OR Jeff Kos, Esq., Symposium Committee Chairman, jefkos@gmail.com 401-741-3146.

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