The Africana Studies Program and the Frederick Douglass Papers, units of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), collectively will co-host the inaugural Madame C.J. Walker/Frederick Douglass Annual Lecture series with a symposium on December 6th. The symposium is entitled “The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker: The Historical Development of a Business Empire” and will be held at The Jewel Center, 3333 N. Illinois St. Indianapolis, IN 46202 from 8:00am to 4:30pm. This event features many distinguished and knowledgeable speakers from across the country and will be held as a “tribute and permanent celebration of the genius, drive and seminal accomplishments of two global icons who greatly impacted the world around them in the economic and political arenas”.
Featured speakers include Darryl Thomas, Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Penn State University, John Kaufman-McKivigan, the Mary O’Brien Gibson Professor of United States History and editor of The Frederick Douglass Papers, Bessie House-Soremekun, Director of the Africana Studies Program at IUPUI and an internationally recognized expert on and advocate for Black business development and Juliet E.K. Walker, distinguished Professor of History and founding Executive Director of the Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of “The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship” and “Free Frank: A Black Pioneer of the Antebellum Frontier”
Juliet E.K. Walker will deliver the keynote address “African-American Businesses in the Arc of History: Culture, Innovation and Business Success” at the symposium and Bessie House-Soremekun will hold an afternoon workshop entitled “Lessons Learned from History: The 10 Personality Characteristics of African-American Entrepreneurs and How to Achieve Them.”
The event is free but advanced tickets are required. For more information or to register please contact Clifton Morlan at 317-274-8662 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The African Studies Program of IUPUI, the Frederick Douglass Papers of IUPUI, the IUPUI Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development, Indiana Humanities and The African-American Restoration Project of Indianapolis serve as sponsors for the event.
3333 N. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Date: December 6, 2013
Time: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: Free but Advanced Registration Required
Contact: Clifton Morlan – email@example.com – 317-274-8662