Great Lakes Symposium

Great Lakes Symposium

The Lewis Walker Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations hosts the Inaugural Great Lakes Symposium on Mass Incarceration: We Are Our Brothers Keepers, Supporting the Transition Back to the Community, Friday, October 23, 2020. Our proceeds will go to expand the Institute's endowment fund and establish gap scholarship funding for students.

Our keynote speaker for the 30th-anniversary dinner will be none other than renowned journalist, humanitarian, and activist Shaun King. A passionate advocate for justice and families, King offers an articulate and historically grounded take on the most pressing problems of the day. He has now spoken in 35 states, on over 100 college campuses, in jails and prisons, and in corporate boardrooms—always calling for us to be better and do better. To learn more visit King.

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Race and Ethnic Relations, the Great Lakes Symposium will bring together a distinguished group of scholars and practitioners to both critically engage in addressing the supports required for the successful transition back to the community for previously incarcerated citizens, and explore the impacts of incarceration across racial and ethnic communities. Scholars (including undergraduate and graduate students), practitioners, and advocates are invited to submit a paper proposal for the Great Lakes Symposium on Mass Incarceration. Proposed papers must address either support required for the successful transition back to the community for previously incarcerated citizens or explore the impacts of incarceration across racial and ethnic communities, with a strong preference for works that address both.

 Register for symposium or dinner

 

CEU and PDU Credits available-NEW!

Registrants can receive 6 CE credits for Social Work, Occupational Therapy, or MCBAP. There is no cost to earn CEUs for this event. Additional costs apply for the symposium and/or dinner. Registration for the symposium is required prior to registering for CE credits. Get started by completing registration for the symposium, and then going here to register for CEU and PDU credits. (You must attend the educational symposium to receive credits.  If you are attending the dinner only, no credits will be issued.)

 

Call for Papers

Scholars (including undergraduate and graduate students), practitioners, and advocates are invited to submit a paper proposal for the Great Lakes Symposium on Mass Incarceration 2020. Proposed papers must address either support required for the successful transition back to the community for previously incarcerated citizens or explore the impacts of incarceration across racial and ethnic communities, with a strong preference for works that address both. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following: analyses of re-entry programs, efforts to reduce recidivism for juvenile offenders, etc.

  • Proposal length: your proposal should be no more than 300 words in length. It should clearly detail the contribution of the paper to an important field of study as well as how the paper fits within the Great Lakes Symposium on Mass Incarceration 2020 theme, We Are Our Brothers Keepers, Supporting the Transition Back to the Community.

  • REVISED: Deadline for submission: June 19, 2020; you will be notified by email regarding whether or not the paper was accepted by July 24, 2020.

  • Papers will be presented during the Great Lakes Symposium on Mass Incarceration 2020 on Friday, October 23, 2020.

submit a paper

 If you have any questions regarding your proposal or proposal process, please contact Dr. Don Cooney (Donald.cooney@wmich.edu). 

Symposium Tickets

Single Tickets-$199 (Shaun King dinner is included) Ends on October 10, 2020

Single Student General Admission $75 (Shaun King closing dinner is included)

Dinner Tickets

General Admission $75

Student Admission $50

Full Table Admission $600 (8 people)

Scholarships Available

There are some opportunities for discounted tickets for the symposium. If you need assistance with symposium ticket pricing please contact Dr. Don Cooney (Donald.cooney@wmich.edu) or by calling 269-387-3109.