The University Record, January 30, 1995
Asa Hilliard to kick off Black History Month events
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Asa G. Hilliard,
professor of urban education at Georgia State University, will launch a
series of activities for the Universitys Black History Month
celebration with a free, public lecture titled The Bell Curve: Fact
or Myth? at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Michigan Union Ballroom.
Hilliard, an educational psychologist and historian, is a
King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor. He also is the author of The
Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community
Dr. Hilliard is known throughout the
nation for his work in African and African American history, says
John H. Matlock, director, Office of Academic and Multicultural
Initiatives (OAMI). Given the controversy around the book The Bell
Curve, we look forward to using his expertise as a historian to counter
the false assumptions put forth by the authors of that book.
His talk is sponsored by the Center for Afroamerican and African
Studies (CAAS), Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Multicultural
Affairs, OAMI, King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program and Office of
Minority Engineering Programs.
Other Black History Month events
- A lecture by U-M alumnus and state Sen. Alma
Wheeler Smith, the first African American state senator in Michigan to
serve a district (Washtenaw County area) outside of metropolitan Detroit,
at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Michigan League Ballroom.
- A talk by Sister Souljah on her book No Disrespect at 7:30
Feb. 2 at Borders Books and Music, second floor. Call (313) 668-7652 for
information. Sponsored by Borders.
1995 Zora Neale Hurston Lecture by Geneva Smitherman, professor of English
at Michigan State University, at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Rackham Building
Amphitheater. Author of Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black
America, she will discuss From the Hood to the Amen Corner:
African-American English, Attitudes and Public Policy. Sponsored by
- A brown-bag discussion on
Living for the City: Race, Gender and Economic Equality by
Irene Brown, associate professor of sociology at Emory University, at
12:15 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Robert E. Hayden Lounge, 111 West Engineering
Building. Sponsored by CAAS; School of Social Work; Womens Studies
Program and Program on Poverty, the Underclass and Public Policy.
- Ann Arbor African American Fair, featuring
student entrepreneurs, businesses and health care booths, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 8 at the Michigan Union Ballroom.
talk by Michael Awkward, director of CAAS and associate professor of
English and of Afroamerican and African studies, on his book, Negotiating
Difference: Race, Gender and the Politics of Positionality, at 4 p.m. Feb.
9 in the Robert E. Hayden Lounge, 111 West Engineering Building.
- A viewing and discussion of the videotaped
satellite conference, Black Studies at the Crossroads, at 4
p.m. Feb. 10 in the Robert E. Hayden Lounge, 111 West Engineering
- Art exhibition and symposium,
We Who Believe ... Songs of Our Fathers: Double Consciousness and
Africentricity in the Visual Arts, Feb. 12&endash;13 in the CAAS
Gallery, 200 West Engineering Building.
- Discussion with director Pratibha Parmar and viewing of Warrior
Marks, his film about female genital mutilation, at 7 p.m. Feb. 16
at 1300 Chemistry Building. Sponsored the Womens Studies Program,
International Institute and CAAS.
All events are free to the
public. For more information, call CAAS, 764-5513, or OAMI, 936-1055.