“An Approach to Information: The Power of Archives and Archivists”
Description: At fourteen years old, I meandered into the Central Library of the Houston Public Libraries for my first bit of what I would come later to know as, “primary research.” It was the first of many steps that would fundamentally shape for me what it meant to know something.
Our esteemed plenary speaker, Dr. Alexander X. Byrd, is the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and an Associate Professor of History at Rice University. His field of study is “Afro America, especially Black life in the Atlantic world and the Jim Crow South.” His area of expertise and knowledge of the university’s fraught history has guided him as co-chair of Rice’s Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice.
Dr. Byrd has not only won multiple teaching awards from Rice, but in 2020 was voted a top 10 professor in Texas by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.