Community Change Journal New Call for Papers

New Call for papers

Community Change | Vol.2, No.1 (2018). The topic is:

Democratic Community Change in the Time of Trump Key Dates:

  •  Submission deadline – March 12, 2018
  • Author notification of selection – March 19, 2018
  • Online publication – June 2018

Please submit preliminary articles of the chosen format to

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Hamza Safouane Successfully Defended his Dissertation

Warm congratulations to Hamza Safouane who successfully defended his dissertation on February 7, 2018 to complete requirements for the PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization! Congratulations too to his advisory committee, which included the following faculty members: Tim Luke, Political Science/GIA, Chair, Joyce Rothschild (Emerita), GIA, Brett Shadle, History and Max Stephenson, SPIA/UAP and Director of Institute for Policy and Governance. Hamza’s effort was entitled, “Governing Migrants in the European Union: A Critical Approach to Interrogating Migrants’ Journey Narratives.”


Martin Luther King Jr Community Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration with Dr. Virgil Wood: What Martin Luther King Jr. Saw on the Mountain Top Contact: Community Programs:

Dr. Wood, Church leader, educator, and civil rights activist has committed much of his life’s work to the struggle for economic and spiritual development among the nation’s disadvantaged.

Ordained as a Baptist Minister in his late teens, Wood has served Churches for over 50 years in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Virginia.  During his Pastorate in Lynchburg, Virginia, he became actively involved with the Civil Rights movement, setting up the Martin Luther King Jr. work at the Lynchburg Improvement Association, a local unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  He served with Martin Luther King Jr., as a member of his National Executive Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for the last ten years of Dr. King’s life and work, and Coordinated the State of Virginia in the Historic March on Washington August 28, 1963.

This event is free and open to the public and begins with a reception at 6:00pm followed by the lecture at 6:30pm.  Tickets are not required.

This event is sponsored by Roanoke College Departments of Multicultural Affairs and Community Programs, North Cross School,  United Way of Roanoke Valley, Total Action for Progress and Roanoke Branch of the NAACP.

Corey D.B. Walker, Ph.D.

Dr. Corey Walker, Vice President of Virginia Union University

Tuesday, January 16 @ 2:30 p.m., Biocomplexity Institute Auditorium

  • The Sovereignty of the Imagination: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Politics of Freedom
  • Vice President, Dean and Professor of Religion and Society
  • A scholar of African American social, political, and religious thought, Dean Walker has published broadly on African American religion and philosophy, African American history and culture, and religion and American public life.
  • Dean Walker is the author of A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America (University of Illinois Press) and has completed the manuscript for his next book entitled Between Transcendence and History: An Essay on Religion and the Future of Democracy in America. He is editor of the special issue of the journal Political Theology on “Theology and Democratic Futures” and Associate Editor of the award winning SAGE Encyclopedia of Identity. He has published over fifty articles, reviews, book chapters, and essays appearing in wide range journals such as Amerikastudien/American Studies, boundary 2, Cahiers Charles V, C.L.R. James Review, Journal of American History, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and South Atlantic Quarterly. Dean Walker co-directed and co-produced the documentary film fifeville with acclaimed artist, filmmaker, and University of Virginia professor Kevin Jerome Everson. Dean Walker has served as Book Review Editor and as an Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, generally considered the top academic journal in the field.
  • Before assuming his current position, Dean Walker was Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education and inaugural John W. and Anna Hodgin Hanes Professor of the Humanities at Winston-Salem State University. Previously, Dean Walker served as chair of the department of Africana Studies at Brown University where he was also a tenured professor. He was also a faculty affiliate in the department of American Studies, department of Religious Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, and Committee on Science and Technology Studies. Dean Walker also served as a faculty member in the department of Religious Studies and the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia. He was the inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Local Knowledge established by the Carter G. Woodson Institute, with support from the Ford Foundation, as the only research center in the country dedicated to new and innovative research related to the concept of local knowledge. Dean Walker also served as a visiting professor at the Historisches Institut at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena in Germany where he delivered the Johann Gustav Droysen Lecture.

Second Volume of RE:Reflections and Explorations Now Published

Colleagues and friends, I am delighted to inform you that the second volume in the RE: Reflections and Explorations series has now been published. You may find an electronic version of this new book, edited by myself and Lyusyena Kirakosyan here:  We will be holding a reception to celebrate this occasion in early February and will send along notice of that event in due course. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech!

 Best wishes, Max