The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama. Through its work with students, alumni (Fellows), and Advisory Board members, the institute develops a network of leaders who have a clear understanding of the state’s challenges. Selected students participate in a one-year curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement for their remaining time at the Capstone.

Upon graduation, participants earn recognition as Blackburn Fellows and begin their work through professional and civic involvement in their home communities and throughout the state, both individually and through the Fellows Involvement Network (FIN). Supported by an Advisory Board of established leaders committed to the state of Alabama, the Blackburn Institute promotes change through an intergenerational network that learns from the past, takes action in the present, and plans for the future.

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Symposium Speakers Announced

Our 26th Annual Symposium will take place online on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29. The theme, "Leadership in Times of Crisis," will feature speakers and panelists engaged in work affecting positive change in the state of Alabama and around the world. The Blackburn community and invited guests are encouraged to register by August 16, 2020.

Upcoming Events

Tue 11

Race and Justice Conversation: Prison Reform

August 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed 12
Thu 13

Race and Justice Conversation: Use of Force

August 13, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 19