Fellows Forums started in 2021 to fulfill the desire of our alumni to engage in civil discourse and hear diverse perspectives about critical topics like they did in the Blackburn student curriculum (e.g. Hot Topics, Hot Pizza or Blackburn EATs). To address this need, the FIN Officers host online events approximately every other month around a civic engagement issue or leadership topic.

Fellows Forum

FIN officers encourage creative formats for the Forums including presentations, panel discussions, workshops, article discussions, and more. Select Fellows Forums may be open to the full Blackburn community. Fellows make these events a sucess by volunteering to lead or organize the Forums. Contact the FIN officers for more information. To RSVP, please see Blackburn Connect or the Blackburn Newsletter.

2021 Series

  • January – Blackburn Fellows, Anti-racism, and Moving our State Forward, with closing remarks by Blackburn Society and Advisory Board member Mrs. Bobby Seigal
  • March – Tips from Hill Staffers: How to Engage with Elected Officials, with Fellows Danielle Blevins, Kendra Key, and Meghan Stringer
  • May – Energy Policy in the Climate Change Era, with Fellows Clint Light, Mallory Flowers, and James Young
  • October – Getting up to Speed on Alabama’s Prison Crisis, with Ingram State Technical College President Annette Funderburk, SPLC Policy Associate Katie Glenn, Fellow and Alabama Appleseed State Organizer Dana Sweeney, and Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles Director Cam Ward