Howard University, Library of Congress host author Chinua Achebe

November 7, 2008 · Print This Article

WASHINGTON (October 23, 2008) – The Howard University Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center, the African Studies Department, and the Library of Congress recently co-hosted a symposium and celebratory evening program in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. The day long symposium featured prominent scholars, writers, and critics of African literature.
WHO: Featured speakers include Ghanaian author and playwright Ama Ata Aidoo, Dr. Ali Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer, Professor of Humanities at Binghamton University, Dr. Simon Gikandi, and Robert Schirmer, Professor of English at Princeton University. Participating Howard University faculty include: Dr. Mbye Cham, Dr. Eleanor Traylor, Dr. Victoria Arana-Robinson and Dr. Jeanne Toungara.
 WHAT: A symposium and special exhibit in honor of Things Fall Apart. Featured speakers include internationally acclaimed author Chinua Achebe. Howard University faculty will revisit the nature and scope of Achebe’s groundbreaking novel, assessing its importance then and now. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Alabama State plays host to PBS documentary film series

July 15, 2008 · Print This Article

make-me-a-world-logo2.jpgBy ASU News Services StaffThe National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University will host volume three of the P.B.S. Film Documentary series, “I’ll Make Me A World: A Century of African-American Arts” on Thursday, July 17 at noon. Volume three is titled, “Bright Like a Sun.” This event is free and open to the public.“Bright Like a Sun” continues the series’ story through the years of the Great Depression and World War II. The challenging experiences move African-American artists to adapt and expand their creative visions, producing work with new energy and autonomy. Paul Robeson, legendary singer and star of stage and screen, uses his artistry and fame to fight for social justice in the U.S. and abroad. Sculptor Augusta Savage builds a vibrant art school in Harlem where young African American talent can be nurtured, although she risks her own career to do so. And on the music scene, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and other young musicians begin to play bebop, the innovative jazz style that becomes the hallmark of American “cool” and a recognized musical genre. Read more

Spelman Summer Arts Colony has success in Panama

July 8, 2008 · Print This Article

artcolony2008.jpgThe Spelman College Summer Art Colony 2008 was a success. Art Colony residents included Spelman College students: Destineé Williams, Racheal Hawthorn and Amber Richardson; as well as alumna Ashley Coleman, C’2006, Ph.D. student in religion at Emory University; Bree Simmons, assistant director, Outing Club, Bowdoin College; and Clyde Bango, Bates College.

This year’s Art Colony residents constructed a sustainable architectural structure at Las Orquídeas Environmental Sculpture Park as well as individual projects such as biodegrable sculptures and installations, paintings, photography and performance art. They participated in an exchange of art and ideas with a group of young Panamanian artists, visited the Panama Canal, The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Galeta Point, danced with the Congitos of Portobelo, and conducted research on religious traditions in Colon.

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Bill Clinton hosts political rally for Hillary Clinton at Fisk University

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

Fisk University will be the site of a political rally for Hillary Clinton featuring former president Bill Clinton in the University’s Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium. The gym is located behind the W.E.B. Dubois Hall on Jackson Street and D.B. Todd Boulevard. The rally, which is free and open to the public, is on Monday, January 21 at 7 p.m.
“Fisk is a forum for civic engagement, the exchange of ideas, and implementation of positive change,” said Hazel R. O’Leary, president of Fisk University. “We welcome former president Clinton’s visit to Fisk and know that he wil be among politically engaged citizens and students.”

Dillard achieves “fully compliant” status through SACS

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

Dillard University is prepared to continue its bring futre now that The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has categorized the historically Black university as “fully compliant” with all principles of accrediation. The Commission on Colleges put Dillard on “warning” - the association’s most minimal sanction - for six months for failure to comply with Core Requirement 2.11.1 (Financial Resources) and Comprehensive Standard 3.10.1 (Financial Stablity) of the principles of accreditation for the five-year period ending June 2005.

“Although we inherited an unfortunate set of circumstances relative to fiscal management between 2000 and 2005, Dillard and its current administration immediately assumed responsiblity and worked hand-in-hand with Commission to resolve the historical problems,” said Dr. Marvalene Hughes, university president, who assumed the post on July 1, 2005.

Ohio’s largest science fair to be held at Central State

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

The Miami Valley Science and Engineering Fair (MVSEF) and West District Science Day (WDSD) will be held at Central State University on Saturday, March 15, 2008.

More than 450 students ranging from fifth to 12th grade will participate in the largest science fair in Ohio. Students represent seven area counties - Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Shelby.

“Every year we have outstanding presentations and the students get invaluable feedback from within the scientific community,” said Dr. Cadance Lowell, Chair of the Natural Sciences Department at Central State University and Director of WDSD. “The fair provides students a place to talk science by interacting with professional scientists and each other.”

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5th Annual Scientific Forum features research results on tobacco-related diseases, cancer

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

5th Annual Scientific Forum features research results on tobacco-related diseases, cancer
by Ellen Andrews
Baltimore Times
Originally posted 11/30/2007

Cancer and tobacco-related diseases were the topic of the University of Maryland Statewide Health Network’s (UMSHN) 5th annual Scientific Forum on November 19 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor hotel.

Cancer and tobacco-related diseases kill more than 400,000 people annually according to the National Institutes of Health. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are working to reduce this statistic. The one-day event featured the results of research projects of University of Maryland, Baltimore faculty. These research projects were supported in full or in part by Maryland’s Cigarette Restitution Fund Program (MCRFP) and focused on studies and field outreach work related to prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and other tobacco-related diseases.
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Alcorn Professor Publishes in Journal of Mississippi Academy of Sciences

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

Dr. Alex D.W. Acholonu, Professor of Biology, Alcorn State University, published an article Water Quality Studies on Freshwater Bodies in New Orleans, Louisiana One Year After Hurricane Katrina in the latest issue of the Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (October 2007). This article was published with his student Tiffari Jenkins and with assistance of several other students.

In September 2006, Dr. Acholonu applied for and was awarded a grant for $5000.00 by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) to take ecology majors and Ecology Club students on a field trip to New Orleans, Louisiana to observe the devastations caused by Hurricane Katrina, and to investigate the water quality (extent of pollution) in the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, and Southern University, New Orleans (SUNO) Golf Course Pond, one year after the occurrence of the hurricane (August 28- 29, 2005).

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Tom Joyner Honors ASU as April’s School of the Month in 2008

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

Albany, GA - Nationally known radio personality Tom Joyner is lending a hand to Albany State University. As the University celebrates its 105th anniversary in April, ASU will also be honored by the Tom J o y n e r Foundation as the School of the Month. “Being selected as the Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month is a tremendous honor,” said Angela Y. Getter, vice president for institutional advancement. “The recognition gives Albany State University the opportunity to raise even more funds for student scholarships.”

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AAMU Represented Well in Ebony’s Young “Top 30″

February 27, 2008 · Print This Article

Huntsville, Ala. —- The recently released issue of Ebony magazine features 30 African-American men and women “who find success and fulfillment in uplifting their communities.”  Of that number, at least two are affiliated with Alabama A&M University.

In its “30 on the Rise” article by Lynn Norment, Ebony highlights the 2008 Young Leaders of the Future.  Among the distinguished group of professionals from all over United States are two daughters of AAMU:  Chauncee Lundy of Dallas, Tex., and Penny Koger-Thomas of Madison, Ala.

Chauncee Lundy, a 2002 graduate, is an air compliance specialist for Texas Instruments and was the 2008 national co-chairwoman for Black Youth Vote!, an organization committed to boosting the civic engagement of African American young adults.  Co-owner of the online Feet of Faith retail shoe store, Lundy volunteers with Big Brother Big Sisters of North Texas, is a mentor with MentorNet, and was in the inaugural class of Gates Millennium Scholars.
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