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September 2020

Alabama 101: History of Alabama

September 10, 2020, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

In September, Blackburn invites three special guests to provide an overview of our state's history, government, and finances. Originally planned as part of the new student retreat, we will leverage this online collaborative learning opportunity for returning students, Fellows, and Advisory Board members as well. For this segment, UA History Professor Dr. Kari Frederickson will lead us in an interactive session about the our state. Bring your lunch! Attire: Attire is casual. RSVP Deadline: 11:59pm (CDT) on Wednesday, Sept 9

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Alabama 101: Constitution and Government

September 14, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

In September, Blackburn invites three special guests to provide an overview of our state's history, government, and finances. Originally planned as part of the new student retreat, we will leverage this online collaborative learning opportunity for returning students, Fellows, and Advisory Board members as well.  In this segment, Othni Lathram, Director of Alabama Legislative Services Agency, will lead us in an interactive session about the our state. Bring your lunch! Attire: Attire is casual. RSVP Deadline: 11:59pm (CDT) on Sunday,…

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Alabama 101: Alabama’s Tax Structure and Budget

September 23, 2020, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

In September, Blackburn invites three special guests to provide an overview of our state's history, government, and finances. Originally planned as part of the new student retreat, we will leverage this online collaborative learning opportunity for returning students, Fellows, and Advisory Board members as well. In this segment, Ryan Hankins, Executive Director of PARCA, will lead us in an interactive session about the our state. Bring your lunch! Attire: Attire is casual. RSVP Deadline: 11:59pm (CDT) on Tuesday, Sept 22

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ALL Fellows Meeting

September 24, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Agenda 6:00-7:00pm Formal meeting 7:00-7:30pm Optional time for Fellows to talk in small groups The newly elected Blackburn Fellows Involvement Network (FIN) Officers began their two-year term on August 1, 2020. On Thursday, September 24th, all Blackburn Fellows and soon-to-be Fellows (e.g., Blackburn students graduating in December 2020) are invited to a meeting to thank the outgoing FIN officers, meet the incoming officers, learn about upcoming programming and to help shape the FIN’s priorities. Topics will include:     Initial…

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October 2020

Perspectives On Leadership: Judicial Panel

October 14, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Join us as we discuss the career paths and leadership challenges and opportunities associated with serving as a judge, issuing rulings, interpreting the law, and judicial ethics. Panelists include Sue Bell Cobb, Retired Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court; Kimberly K. Anderson, Judge at DeKalb County (GA) State Court; and Chuck Price II, Judge at Birmingham Municipal Court. RSVP for the panel only by 11:59pm on Monday, October 12. Attire is business casual Free and open to all UA students,…

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November 2020

Burt Jones Rural Community Experience

November 6, 2020 - November 7, 2020
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One event on October 27, 2021 at 12:00 am

Free

This year, the Burt Jones Rural Community Experience will take place in Tuscaloosa County. Blackburn Fellows, Advisory Board members, and Blackburn Society members are invited to join our hybrid panels via Zoom. New students and returning students located in Tuscaloosa will meet in person. The panels accessible via Zoom will be: Friday, November 6, 1:00-2:15 pm: Business Community Forum with Bobby Bragg (Director of Practice Growth, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC), Jheovanny Gomez (Owner, Jalapeños Mexican Restaurants), Brad Newman (Plant Manager, ZF Chassis), and…

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Blackburn Fellows Class Reunions

November 12, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Get ready for the ultimate Throwback Thursday. Come join your fellow Fellows for a virtual happy hour and class reunion! At this event we will assign attendees to class-based break out groups (determined by the year you joined Blackburn) so that you can catch up with your cohort as well as other Blackburn members that were in school at the same time as you. Given the relaxed nature of this event, please feel encouraged to join with a glass of your…

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December 2020

Fellows Pipeline Focus Group

December 15, 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The FIN officers are looking for 10-25 fellows to volunteer to be part of a focus group on Tuesday, December 15th from 5:30-7:30pm. The purpose of the focus group is to discuss the creation of a "Student to Fellows Transition Pipeline" designed to help students integrate and transition from Blackburn student to active member of the FIN. Please RSVP by 5pm on Wednesday, December 9th.

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January 2021

Student Officer Information Session

January 13, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on January 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Blackburn staff and 2020-2021 Student Officers will provide prospective student officers with more detailed information about the roles and responsibilities for the 2021-2022 Student Chairperson, Student Vice Chairperson, and Student Communications Director.

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Protective Life Government Experience

January 14, 3:00 pm - January 15, 6:00 pm
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One event on January 20, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Blackburn students travel to Montgomery most years  to interact with state leaders and explore current issues and challenges facing Alabama. Fellows and Advisory Board members will receive additional communication about how to RSVP to certain segments of the Protective Life Government Experience as the event gets closer.

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February 2021

February Small Group Meeting

February 4, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 22, 2021

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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February Small Group Meeting

February 10, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 22, 2021

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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Group Interviews

February 16 - February 18
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One event on February 15, 2022 at 12:00 am

All applicants participate in a small-group interview with approximately 3-4 other applicants. The panel of observers for the group interviews typically consist of Institute staff, a Blackburn students, and one additional member of the Blackburn (Fellow/Advisory Board member).

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February Small Group Meeting

February 16, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 22, 2021

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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February Small Group Meeting

February 22, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every 6 days that begins at 5:00 pm, repeating until February 22, 2021

Blackburn new students meet with Fellows for their final monthly small group discussion of “Instilling a Lifetime Commitment,” the fourth of the institute’s overarching values. Dinner will be served.

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March 2021

The Uniontown Documentary

March 7, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Join the 2020 Class and Black Belt Citizens in-person for a showing of The Uniontown Documentary and hear from the documentarian and Uniontown citizens. This event is part of the cohort Daniel Community Scholar Program Project. Advance registration is required Advance registration is required.

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Fellows Forum–Tips from Hill Staffers: How to Engage with Elected Officials

March 23, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

All Fellows are welcome to join us for the March edition of Fellows Forum. Moderator (Blackburn Fellow and Advisory Board member) Danielle Blevins will talk with Fellows Meghan Stringer and Kendra Key as they discuss their multitude of experiences on both sides of the political aisle. They'll provide Fellows with tips about how to reach out to their elected officials for policy change. Fellows are encouraged to bring questions! Attire is casual. RSVP by March 23 at 11:59 pm.

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April 2021

Spring Advisory Board Meeting

April 12, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Biannual meeting of the Blackburn Institute Advisory Board, where members receive updates from the University, advisory board officers and committees, the Fellows Involvement Network (FIN) officers, student officers, and Institute staff from activities during the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

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All Fellows Meeting Spring 2021

April 19, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

The FIN Officers will host an All Fellows Meeting during which they will provide updates on past and upcoming FIN events. All Fellows are encouraged to attend. More details will be shared in the coming weeks. RSVP by Sunday, April 18 at 11:59 p.m. CDT Come for whatever portion you can Attire is casual

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