SC State's Chief Academic Officer Invited to Serve as United States Keynote Speaker at International

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dr. BlackwellDr. Joyce A. Blackwell, vice president for Academic Affairs at SC State has been invited to serve as one of two keynote speakers from the United States at an international conference hosted by the Institute of Public Policy on the campus of Auckland University of Technology, in Auckland, New Zealand.  The Globalization and Public Policy International Cross Cultural Research Exchange Conference will be held from Aug. 6-14, 2010.

Blackwell’s presentation is entitled, “Globalization, Citizenship and Identity:  How the Quest for World Peace Helps Groups Obtain a Sense of Global Identity.”

The Conference’s primary focus is globalization; and it is designed to provide a forum for dialogue and open a bridge for collaborative/cooperative research exchanges among professionals in academia/government from around the globe and to contribute ideas that inform participants’ understanding of public policy in an era of globalization. 

“I hope to gain enough knowledge that can be used at SC State, as I continue to advance an academic agenda that focuses, in part, on internationalization and globalization, Blackwell said.

Blackwell received a bachelor’s degree in history and education from North Carolina Central University; a master’s degree in history and education from North Carolina Central University; and a terminal degree in women’s history and African American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to coming to SC State, Blackwell served as the vice president for academic affairs at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. Her responsibilities were organized into the following categories: faculty governance and office management; curriculum and program development; faculty matters, student matters, communication with external publics; financial and facilities management; data management; and, institutional support.

Blackwell is author of the pioneer work, “No Peace without Freedom”:  Race and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1975.  She is the author of several articles and is considered as the first and only scholar in America who has researched and documented the peace and anti-war activism of African-American women.  She is currently completing a second book, “Transatlantic Sisters: The Making of an Africana Women’s Peace Movement.”