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Blacks in Academia Lecture Series

Three-part series to be held in Grand Salon during Black History Month
Blacks in Academia Lecture Series

Dr. Steven C. Finley speaks at last year's Blacks in Academia Lecture Series

The second annual Blacks in Academia Lecture Series will be held in the Grand Salon of the French House as part of LSU’s 2012 Black History Month Celebration.  The three-part lecture series, which is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will highlight African American professors on campus and allow them to share their research with the LSU community.

“It gives students an out of class experience that’s more casual and relaxed,” said LaKeitha Poole, Coordinator for African American Student Affairs.  “They can hear about a variety of topics from professors they may not have any contact with at LSU … [it] gives these professors that center-stage opportunity to highlight their work or their interests.” 

Because this year’s theme is Celebrating African American Women in Culture and History, all three lecturers are female professors.   

Cassandra Chaney, Associate Professor in the LSU School of Human Ecology, will kick off the lecture series on February 1. Her lecture will focus on song lyrics about independence and what it means for African American male and female relationships. 

On February 8, Assistant English Professor Brenda Marie Osbey will discuss “Modernist Africana Poetry,” and on February 15th, Associate English Professor Dr. Solimar Otero will discuss her book, “Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World.”

The lectures, which will all be held at noon, are free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served. 

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 225-578-4339.