About the Blackburn Institute

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.

2017 Annual Symposium

2017 Annual Symposium

The theme for this year’s symposium, “…and Justice for All,” will highlight efforts to combat injustice, to reform systems, and to replicate positive change in the state of Alabama. Educational sessions will cover a range of topics, including environmental justice, economic justice, criminal justice, and others areas.

Upcoming Events

Wed 23

Fall Kick-Off

August 23,5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Tuscaloosa AL
United States
Fri 25

2017 Annual Symposium – Friday

August 25,11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuscaloosa AL
United States
Sat 26

2017 Annual Symposium – Saturday

August 26,7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sep 07

Small Group I Meeting

September 7,5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuscaloosa AL
United States