The Alabama Colloquium

Join us at the 2023 Alabama Colloquium in Birmingham, where we'll honor a pair of acclaimed scholars, writers, and community builders: Imani Perry and David Mathews. NOTE: In-person tickets to this event are now sold out; virtual tickets remain available!

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The Alabama Colloquium 2023:
Healing History. Building Community.

October 23, 2023 | Birmingham 

Each year at the Alabama Colloquium, we celebrate how the humanities lift up our state and help bring Alabamians together. We also bestow the title of Alabama Humanities Fellow on individuals whose outstanding work in the humanities has positively impacted our state, nation, and world.

Since 1989, we’ve honored writers and historians, community leaders and big thinkers, civil rights icons, and storytelling legends. Alabamians who challenge us to examine what it means to be human. And who help us see our state’s diverse communities, rich cultures, and fellow neighbors more clearly — and with more empathy.

In 2023, we’ll honor Imani Perry, Ph.D., and David Mathews, Ph.D., as our newest Alabama Humanities Fellows. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, an Alabama native, will engage our Fellows in a conversation about their work, the importance of the humanities in today’s world, and how honestly examining our past can provide healing and strength for our communities now.

This event, presented by Regions, Alabama Power, and Medical Properties Trust, also includes:




Last year, we added two more Fellows to these distinguished ranks during the Alabama Colloquium in Montgomery: Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and the late civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis.


Learn more about our awards and honorees 

2023 Fellow: Imani Perry

A Birmingham native, Perry is a scholar and author who won the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction. She has penned five other books, writes for The Atlantic, and is a professor at Harvard University and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute.

2023 Fellow: David Mathews

A Grove Hill native, Mathews has dedicated his life to building community and promoting democracy. He has served as president of the University of Alabama; as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; and as CEO of the Kettering Foundation.

2023 moderator: Kaitlan Collins

Kaitlan Collins, a Prattville native and UA alumna, is a journalist and anchor of CNN's primetime show, "The Source with Kaitlan Collins." As moderator of the 2023 Alabama Colloquium, she will engage our honorees in a thought-provoking conversation.

Bonus Experience: The Wallace House

Post-event, join a limited-capacity tour of the Wallace House — one of our pilot Healing History partners. Learn how Black and White descendants of the Wallace House's owners and enslaved populations are writing a new chapter in the home's history.

Learn more about the Wallace House