2016 National Symposium


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2016 John Hope Franklin Center

Symposium on Reconciliation: Justice and Reconciliation

May 24-27, 2016

Hyatt Regency Hotel, 100 East Second Street, Tulsa, OK.

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Keynote Speakers

 Dr. Heidi Beirich, Intelligence Project Director, Southern Poverty Law Center

Heidi BeirichbwHeidi Beirich is an expert in academic racism, nativist extremism, and the white supremacist fringe of the neo-Confederate movement. She is the co-editor and author of Neo-Confederacy: a Critical Introduction published by the University of Texas Press in 2008.

Heidi joined the SPLC staff in 1999 after earning a doctorate in political science at Purdue University. She is a contributing editor to the Intelligence Report and an SPLC spokesperson on domestic extremism. In addition to her academic training, Beirich has experience in the non-profit and government sectors.

Note: Dr. Beirich is replacing Morris Dees, SPLC founder, whose health prevents him from joining us at this time. 



Dr. Anita Hill, University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s and Gender Studies

anita330Anita Hill earned her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and her law degree from Yale University. She entered public service, first in the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education and then at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She returned to her native Oklahoma to teach law, first at Oral Roberts University and then as a tenured professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Her career took an unexpected turn when she testified during the hearings on Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991. That experience and her longstanding interest in civil rights and social policy led Hill to Brandeis and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, first as a visiting professor and then as a full professor.

Hill’s latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home (Beacon Press, 2011) combines the study of commercial and anti-discrimination law with an examination of culture and society to address the 2008 foreclosure crisis and its ongoing impact.




Symposium Highlights


Pre-Symposium Program – Tuesday, May 24

An Evening of Racial Justice Learning

featuring Freedom Riders Dr. Robert and Helen Singleton

Pre-Symposium Programs – Wednesday, May 25

Special Introduction to the

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture

Three Themes, Tours

Visits to Youth Services of Tulsa, David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center & DVIS

Advanced Registration Required for Tours

Symposium Opening Program – Wednesday, May 25

Heidi Beirich, Ph.D. | Intelligence Project Director | Southern Poverty Law Center

Symposium Program – Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27

Plenary Speakers:  David Riggs, Doris Fransein, Anita F. Hill

Global-to-Local Panel Discussions | Vital Conversations

| Networking | Concurrent Presentations

Tours:  DVIS, Youth Services of Tulsa, David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center

Lunch Speakers:  Marq Lewis, Brian Hosmer, Ph.D.

Guthrie Green Film Screening |

For more information, call 918-295-5009

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The 2016 National Symposium is possible because of the generosity of the following sponsors:

Symposium Sponsors:

Ruth K. Nelson

Maxine and Jack Zarrow Family Foundation

Ann and Henry Zarrow Family Foundation

Program Supporters:

Kristie and John Gibson          Riggs, Abney Law Firm          Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Session Sponsors:

The Hartley Law Firm          Julius and Dr. Wynette Pegues

Event Sponsor:

Oklahoma State University- Tulsa

Session Sponsors:

Mary Athens          Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice


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