2018 Annual Symposium – Saturday
August 25, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
2018 Annual Symposium
Open to Blackburn Community – Students, Fellows, and Advisory Board Members
Considered the heart of the Blackburn experience, this annual, two-day symposium brings students, fellows, advisory board members, as well as respected community and state leaders together to hear speakers, participate in round-table discussions, and determine plans of action.
The theme of the Blackburn Institute’s 2018 Annual Symposium, ”Navigating Change: Governing, Leading, and Advocating,” will highlight the challenges of making a positive impact during times of tumultuous political and social change. Attendees will hear from speakers and panelists working to affect positive change in the state of Alabama, including those of the majority or minority parties, as well as issue advocates from outside the political system. Content sessions will offer perspecives on how to map the landscape of an issue, to understand magnet factors - things likely to pull people towards change - and fear factors that create resistance to change, and to engage skeptics in change processes.
The event, held over a two-day period in late August, continues traditions familiar to those who have attended symposium in the past, builds on successful recent innovations, and re-formats the content session blocks for a wider range of topics and session styles. Attendees will see opportunities for both peer gatherings and full-community networking through meals, planning sessions, and dialogue activities.