UAlbany Celebrates Black History Month
Manning Marable Addresses
Martin Luther King Luncheon
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (January 27, 2004) -- Manning Marable,
one of America's most influential and widely read
scholars of the black experience, will be the
keynote speaker at the 25th Annual Martin Luther
King, Jr./Black History Month Luncheon at the
University at Albany. The luncheon will be held
on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at noon in the Campus Center
Ballroom. It is free and open to the public. Seating
is first come, first served.
Marable is professor of public affairs, political
science, and director of the newly established
Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia
University. From 1993 to 2003, he was founding
director of the Institute for Research in African-American
Studies at Columbia. Under Marable's direction,
the Institute has become one of the nation's most
prestigious centers of black scholarship.
His newly established Center is working on several
initiatives, including the Malcolm X Project,
which is constructing a web-based, multimedia
version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X; and
the Africana Criminal Justice Project, funded
by the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation),
which focuses on strategies to empower ex-prisoners
and communities devastated by mass incarceration.
Former distinguished keynote speakers at the
Martin Luther King Luncheon include Julian Bond,
James Farmer, Randall Robinson, and the late Judge
A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Other speakers will present lectures throughout
the month to help the University celebrate Black
History Month. These will be held in Humanities
039 on the academic podium of the Uptown Campus.
They are free and open to the public.
- Wednesday, Feb. 4, 12:30 p.m.: Lisa Thompson
of the UAlbany English Department
- Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m.: Eddie Knowles,
vice president for Student Affairs at Rensselaer
- Wednesday, Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m.: Hayward Horton
of the UAlbany Sociology Department
- Wednesday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m.: Michael Johnson,
superintendent for Albany Public Schools
- Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m.: Miki Conn, director
of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center in Schenectady
- Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:30 p.m.: Breea C. Willingham
of the Albany Times Union
- Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1:30 p.m.: Rev. Robert
Dixon of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Albany
- Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:30 p.m.: Vivien Zazzau
of the University at Albany Libraries
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 degree-granting schools and colleges.
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campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with
the goal of placing it among the nation's top
30 public research universities by the end of
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