The Pruit Memorial Symposium at Baylor University brings the perspectives of the Christian intellectual tradition on contemporary issues of common concern. Through the articulation of differing views within the realm of Christian understanding, Baylor aspires to be a locus for a distinctly Protestant and Christian world view that is true to the best thoughts in the Baptist tradition.

The 2017 Pruit Symposium returns to the theme of black gospel music with "Singing the Sermon: When the Message and Music Matter." This symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners from across academic disciplines to explore the varying cultural, social, and spiritual roles black sacred music plays in the life of communities within and beyond North America. We welcome established and emerging scholars to explore a variety of black Christian musical genres, including gospel music, folk and arranged spirituals, holy hip hop, gospel rap, and anthems and concert pieces by black composers based on Christian themes. The Pruit Symposium will offer a balance of discourse along these themes and an immediate experience of this rich musical heritage in its proper context - the Church.

A call for papers is now available and proposals may be submitted through this website. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 17, 2017, and notifications of acceptance will be received by Monday, May 1, 2017.

The Pruit Symposium was established in 1996 by Ella Wall Prichard and the late Lev H. Prichard III of Corpus Christi. The Pruit Memorial Symposium Endowment Fund honors the memory of Helen Pruit Matthews and her brothers, Dr. Lee Tinkle Pruit and William Wall Pruit.