examines the state of Black Studies
Hamilton examines the state of Black Studies during
a symposium Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 2pm to 4:30pm
in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center.
Dr. Molefi K. Asante is the keynote speaker for the
symposium. The symposium also features four other
Black Studies scholars who will give papers. The presenters
are Dr. Katherine Bankole, associate professor of
history at West Virginia University; Dr. Gwendolyn
Etter-Lewis, professor of English, Women’s Studies
and Interim Director of Black World Studies at Miami
University; Dr. Reiland Rabaka, assistant professor
in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University
of Colorado-Boulder; and Dr. Christel N. Temple, assistant
professor in Africana Studies at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County.
Miami Hamilton Associate Professor in Black World
Studies and Sociology Dr. Mark Christian will serve
as the moderator and describes the symposium as an
opportunity for Miami University to engage with the
major discipline responsible for multicultural perspectives
in the United States academy.
According to Christian, “Black Studies has been
established for almost 40 years, it is a varied and
dynamic body of knowledge. Unfortunately still too
many stereotypes exist about the discipline and the
symposium aims to offer an opportunity to those unfamiliar
with the field learn about the key issues facing its
growth and development.”
He added, “The keynote speaker, Dr. Molefi K.
Asante, is arguably the most prolific scholar in Black
Studies, along with establishing the first doctoral
program in African American Studies, he has written
or edited up to 60 scholarly books. Along with Dr.
Asante, there will be contributions from other senior
and junior scholars in the field of Black Studies.
All are welcome to join us for a stimulating discussion
that is at the heart of multicultural learning."
The symposium is sponsored by the Black World Studies
Program of Miami Hamilton, Miami Hamilton’s
Office of Multicultural Services and The Center for
American and World Cultures at Miami University.