Writing to Influence: Academia and Social Advancement as Modeled by HBCUs with Jelani Favors

Dec 14, 2023, 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Online Event


Event Description
Writing to Empower: Academia and social advancement as modeled by HBCUs with Jelani Favors

For generations, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been essential institutions for the African American community. Their nurturing environments not only provided educational advancement but also catalyzed the Black freedom struggle, forever altering the political destiny of the United States.

In this workshop, Jelani M. Favors - the first director of North Carolina A&T State University’s Center of Excellence for Social Justice – offers a history of HBCUs from the 1837 founding of Cheyney State University to the present, to explore how academia and academic writing can further and foster equity, even within elite institutions. Building on the previous session on activism, he will help you to see how your own work fits into an intellectual tradition seeking to ask the big questions about justice and equity.

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About the series: 

In close collaboration with Princeton University Press, Princeton Writes, the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship, and other partners, this GradFUTURES Learning Cohort will help you hone writing (and other communication) skills in order to connect your ideas with audiences that need to hear them. We’ll cover how to keep your writing clear, interesting, and relevant.

The series will feature online presentations and in-person, hands-on workshops. You’ll hear from nationally-recognized voices in a series of Zoom Lunch & Learns with Princeton University Press authors like Christopher Paul Harris, Jelani Favors, Marybeth Gasman, Joseph C. Ewoodzie, and Tara Dawson-McGuinness, and you’ll also connect with people and resources that will help you move from theory to practice. In the Spring, you’ll have the chance to earn a badge in public writing—while producing public-facing work of your own in a supportive, mentored environment.


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