Juneteenth 2022 - Freedom Work

Please join the Prairie View A&M University National Alumni Association, the Rice University Association of Rice Alumni and the Texas Southern University National Alumni Association to celebrate Juneteenth with three panels exploring ideas and questions central to the holiday.

In Person:
Hudspeth Auditorium, Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Tickets are free and required for the in-person event.
Reserve a seat here: https://bit.ly/3GikKN9

Online via Zoom:
Register here: https://bit.ly/3lODb2y

Intro/Session Time Speaker(s)
Welcome 8:45–9 a.m. David Leebron
President, Rice University
Session 1: Recollecting Freedom 9–10 a.m.

Chair: Monique Shankle, Rice University ’86
President, Association of Rice Alumni

“Juneteenth in the Brazos River Valley: Politics, Culture, and Economy”

Frank D. Jackson, Prairie View A&M ’73
Former mayor, Prairie View, Texas

“Celebrating Freedom through Family History:  Remembering George and Delia Tyres”

Karen L. Kossie-Chernyshev, Rice University ’85 ’98;Texas Southern University ’15
Professor of history, Texas Southern University

Session 2: Good Work: Pathways  to the Ph.D. for Black Students 10:15–11:15 a.m.

Chair: Tramyra Waites, Prairie View A&M ’92
President, Houston Area Prairie View A&M University Alumni Association

“From Community to Academy:  A View of Graduate Education from an HBCU”

Gregory H. Maddox
Professor of history and dean of the Graduate School, Texas Southern University

“Content Creation: Why We Need More Black Scholars”

Melanye Price, Prairie View A&M ’95
Professor of political science and director of the Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice, Prairie View A&M University

“Taking it One Step At a Time: Navigating Industry vs. Academia”

Njideka “Syndi” Nnorom
Ph.D. candidate, chemical and biomolecular engineering, Rice University

Session 3: Black Entrepreneurship Now 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Chair: Michael Williams, Texas Southern University ’99
Texas Southern University National Alumni Association

Keynote: Jennifer Dean
President, Dean’s Professional Services

Donald Bowers, Rice University ’91
Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas — Houston Branch

Corrie Williams, Texas Southern University ’02
President, Texas Southern University National Alumni Association

Courtney Johnson Rose, Prairie View A&M ’06
CEO, George E. Johnson Development

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