Virtual Elmer Lucille Allen Conference on African American Studies Set for Wednesday-Thursday

Steve Jones
Elmer Lucille Allen and Spalding faculty Dr. Deonte Hollowell

Spalding University’s Black Student Alliance will host a virtual edition of one its signature events on Wednesday and Thursday with the third annual Elmer Lucille Allen Conference on African American Studies.

Allen, a 1953 graduate of Spalding (then called Nazareth College) who became the first Black chemist at Brown-Forman, will also be one of the featured presenters at the conference. Allen, an accomplished artist who specializes in ceramics, will give a presentation about her art at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Due to the pandemic, this year’s conference will be presented virtually via HD Meeting.  Dr. Deonte Hollowell, Spalding Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies and the BSA’s faculty advisor, will help lead the conference, which is free and open to the public. The full conference schedule can be found below.

2021 Elmer Lucille Allen Conference on African American Studies

Presented by Spalding University, the Black Student Alliance and the West Louisville Women’s Collaborative

  • 12:30 p.m. – Introduction – Dr. Hollowell & BSA (Program Preview)
  • 12:45 – Statements from the Writing Center and Spalding Equity Groups
  • 1– 2:30 – HIST 383 Student Presentations – Works in Progress
  • 4 – Performance by Alex Betts (Waterworks Dance Company)
  • 4:30–5:30 – AAS 300 Student Presentations – Works in Progress
  • 5:45 – 6:45 – Local Grassroots Organizer’s Forum
  • 3:30-4 – BSA Day One Overview/Day Two Preview
  • 4:15 – Student Presentations – Internships and Research Assistants
  • 5:30–6 – WLWC Presents A Hip Hop Tribute to Elmer Lucille Allen
  • 6 – The Artistic Contributions of Elmer Lucille Allen

Closing Remarks from Spalding President Tori Murden McClure, Dr. Hollowell, Dean of Undergraduate Education Dr. Tomarra Adams, Dean of Students Janelle Rae