The theme of the Blackburn Institute’s 2024 Annual Symposium, “30 years of Fellowship: Building the Bonds of Ethical Leadership,” ​will highlight ​the ​work ​of ​Dr. ​John ​L. ​Blackburn ​against ​the ​backdrop ​of ​desegregation ​at ​The ​University ​of ​Alabama, ​the ​creation ​of ​the ​Blackburn ​Institute, ​and ​our ​efforts ​to ​change ​the ​state ​in ​the ​present ​and ​into ​the ​future. ​Attendees ​will ​hear ​from ​speakers ​and ​panelists ​sharing ​the ​challenges ​of ​the ​past ​and ​working ​to ​affect ​positive ​change ​in ​the ​state ​of ​Alabama

The event held Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 will take place at Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa and will end with the 30th Anniversary Black-Tie Optional Gala to celebrate the Institute during this milestone year. We encourage you to advantage this anniversary to reengage with the Blackburn community.

Call for Session Proposals

If you would like to present a session or have a suggestion for one, please submit the proposal form by Sunday, June 16 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Schedule of Events (open to the Blackburn Community)

Please view the preliminary 2024 Annual Symposium schedule for registered Blackburn members.

Registration

Blackburn Society members, Advisory Board members, Fellows, and students may register for Annual Symposium. This year, registration covers both days of the in-person event. Please see the registration timelines for each group below.

Blackburn members register here

Blackburn Society, Advisory Board, and Fellows

Registration TypeRegistration DeadlineFee
RegularJuly 31Free
LateAugust 15$50

Blackburn Students

Registration TypeRegistration DeadlineFee
RegularAugust 15Free
LateAugust 25$50

30th Anniversary Black-Tie Optional Gala

Saturday, August 24, 2024, 6 p.m., Bryant Conference Center

Reunite at the Capstone for a night you won’t want to miss.  This event will include

Hotel Accommodations

The Blackburn Institute has a discounted rate room block at Hotel Capstone, next door to the Bryant Conference Center Annual Symposium venue. The deadline to reserve a room is July 22. To book a single king or double queen at $149/night between Aug 22 and 25, use the Hotel Capstone discount reservation link or call (205) 752-3200 and ask to book into the “Blackburn Institute Symposium 2024” block.

We have a second discounted rate room block at the Hotel Indigo at $139/night for August 23-24. The deadline to reserve a room is TBA. To book, use the Hotel Indigo discount reservation link (forthcoming) or call (877)-666-3243 and ask to book into the “Blackburn Institute Symposium” block.