Persistent Racial Problems: Political, Cultural, and Religious Responses


A Call for Presentations on

Persistent Racial Problems:

Political, Cultural, and Religious Responses


The 2016 Transatlantic Roundtable will convene in Trinidad and Tobago:

  • 60 years after the watershed election in that nation that consolidated black political empowerment and charted the course for the nation’s 1962 independence, and 50 years after the independence of its southern Caribbean neighbors Barbados and Guyana;
  • 60 years after the launch of a wave of independence in Africa that from Sudan’s independence in 1956 to Lesotho’s in 1966 included 30 sub-Saharan African countries;
  • 60 years after the successful conclusion of the Montogmery Bus Boycott which helped mobilize the nationwide mid-20th century Civil Rights Movment in the USA; and
  • 70 years since the post-World War II beginnings of mass migration from Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia to the UK.


Despite the gains in the decades since those historic markers, however, African-descended communities across the globe continue to suffer effects of political, economic and social inequities whose consequences include alarming levels of disease, unemployment, incarceration, and systemic violence. Our 2016 conference will examine public policy responses (including reparations discussions), expressions of cultural resistance, and faith-centered responses (including interfaith). We invite proposals outlining “best-practices” and practical dimensions as well as conceptual and applied scholarly papers that explore these or related themes.


Please submit 150-250 word abstracts by EXTENDED DEADLINE April 30, 2016 to Dr. R. Drew Smith (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) or Dr. William Ackah  (Univ. of London) .


 August 3-5 Conference Registration Details

  • General rate: $250 dollars. includes lunch and light refreshments all 3 days.
  • Students/Unwaged/Local participants REDUCED rate: $125—Partial fee waivers available in some circumstances
  • Day rates: $ 100; or for Students/Unwaged/Local participants, $50


 Conference AccommodationsHilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, Lady Young Road, Port of Spain Trinidad
Single occupancy: $129 (daily rate, plus tax and fees)
Double occupancy: $139 (daily rate, plus tax and fees)
Hotel booking link:

Pre-Conference Activities, July 31-August 2July 31-August 1, Emancipation Day Activities in Trinidad

July 31, Local worship opportunities in Port of Spain

August 2, Community Immersion Activities


Post Conference Activities

Tobago Excursion, beginning August 6

  An  optional excursion to Tobago island will take place following the conference, where conference participants can take in Tobago’s distinctive culture and beautiful beaches.  There will be August 7 worship opportunities at local congregations, and opportunities for local community visits on August 6.  Persons planning to participate can arrange for a July 6th flight from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Tobago, and can return to Port of Spain at their own discretion for connecting flights to their ongoing destinations. 

Recommended hotels:

Turtle Beach Hotel, 1 868 639 2636 or 6607365
Single Room: US$142.76
Double Room: US$261.04
Grafton Beach Hotel, 1 868 639 0191
Double Room (incl tax and b/fast): US$188.25




Via a check or money order mailed and made payable to:

Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

2650 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, #88096

Indianapolis, IN 46208-9998


Electronic transfer from overseas to TRRR account:

Bank: Chase

Address: 270 Park Avenue, New York NY 10017

Account name: Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

Account number: 719206703

Routing number: 074000010


Refund Policy (for registration fees):

Through June 1, 2016: 100% refundable

June 2-July 1: 60% refundable

July 2-July 25: 40% refundable

After July 25: nonrefundable



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