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Announcing Keynote Speakers for the 18th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference, April 7-8, 2022

February 7, 2022

Announcing Keynote Speakers for the 18th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference, April 7-8, 2022

Keynote speaker: Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Guest lecturer: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Conference theme: The Future of the Academy in the Midst of Uncertainty
Attendance: Virtual
Registration: Required, and free to Yale alumni and affiliates

Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) is proud to announce two distinguished speakers for the 18th Annual Yale Bouchet Conference to be hosted online April 7-8 2022. Dr. Freeman A Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), long-recognized as a model for inclusive excellence, and Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., one of the nation’s most prominent scholars of religion and the American experience, will speak on the theme of The Future of the Academy in the Midst of Uncertainty during two days of talks, discussions, and networking sessions.

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. In 2012, he was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was also named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012 and more recently he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019), and the University of California, San Francisco’s UCSF Medal (2020). His most recent book, The Empowered University, examines how university communities support academic success by cultivating and empowering institutional culture.

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is a passionate educator, author, political commentator, and public intellectual who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. He is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies, a program he helped shape as a doctoral candidate in religion at Princeton. He is also on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.

Dr. Glaude has published numerous books on religion, philosophy, and society. His most recent work, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, explores Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges we face as a democracy. Of Baldwin, Dr. Glaude writes, “Baldwin's writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country's sins and the illusion of innocence that bind us to the reality of others. Baldwin's vision requires a confrontation with our history (with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, with whiteness) to overcome its hold on us. Not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.”

About the Annual Yale Bouchet Conference

The Annual Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity and Graduate Education finds its origins in Yale’s treasured collaboration with Howard University. It draws scholars, administrators, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the nation, as well as members of the New Haven community. Featuring two days of discussions, networking, and other sessions, the conference culminates in the induction ceremony for the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.

Yale, the first institution in the country to award graduate degrees, is Dr. Edward A. Bouchet’s alma mater. Dr. Bouchet is the first self-identified African American to receive a Ph.D. in any discipline, and the 6th person in the Western Hemisphere to be awarded the Ph.D. in physics.

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