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Experts Advisory: Black History Month Experts from the University at Albany

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 7, 2007) -- Affirmative action, the Civil Rights movement in the U.S., impact of diversity on student success, African history and women's history covered by UAlbany's Black History Month experts.

* THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT of the 1960s was defining period in the United States. Voter intimidation throughout the South, riots in Los Angeles and the 1963 march on Washington, D.C. led by Martin Luther King Jr. were moments that will forever be linked to America's efforts to move forward from a troubled past. Professor of Africana Studies Maurice Thornton has taught on the Civil Rights movement and the contributions of such leaders as Thurgood Marshall, King and Medgar Evers. He also conducts research and teaches courses on the African American family.

* MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND SEXUALITY in Colonial French Africa was the topic of Assistant Professor of history and Africana Studies Rachel Jean-Baptiste's dissertation. The intersection of French culture with African tradition created social dissention and conflict that still reverberates today in Western Africa. Jean-Baptiste, who received her doctorate from Stanford University in 2005, teaches on the impact of Christianity in African history and the mobility of women in African society.

* DIVERSITY, GENDER, CULTURE and class can have lasting influences on student success in higher education. UAlbany's Vice President for Student Success James A. Anderson leads UAlbany's efforts to build on student academic success and learning by creating an innovative approach to student affairs and strengthening the University's relationships with diverse people. Anderson's research efforts have focused on developing student learning styles across gender, race, culture and class and the study of how diversity impacts student learning , retention and overall institutional effectiveness.

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The University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges, and an honors college. For more information about this internationally ranked institution, visit theUniversity at Albany. Visit UAlbany's extensive roster of faculty experts.

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