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ETSU hosting lectures for Black History Month

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

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 In observance of Black History Month, the East Tennessee State University department of history’s African and African American studies program will host a series of four lectures.

 Each free public lecture will be held in room 309, the media room, of the Sherrod Library.

 The first lecture, titled “The 2012 Presidential Election: Race Relations in the 21st Century” is to be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m.

 Dr. Daryl Carter, an ETSU assistant professor of History who specializes in 20th century U.S. political history and 20th century African American history, will give the lecture.

 Dr. Martha Michieka will speak on “Language and Cultural Identity in Modern Africa” on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m.

 Michieka is an associate professor of English and director of the linguistics minor in the ETSU department of literature and language. She specializes in teaching English to speakers of other languages and sociolinguistics.

 The third lecture, “Writing the U.S. Constitution and the Slavery Debate,” will be given by Dr. Dinah Mayo-Bobee on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

 Mayo-Bobee is an assistant professor of history at ETSU. Her areas of specialty include U.S. politics and the early republic, the American revolution, the politics of slavery, American colonial politics and presidential history.

 The final lecture in the series, “Men of the African Diaspora: Their Service in the British Royal Navy to End the Slave Trade, 1808-1861,” will be given by Dr. John Rankin on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m.

 Rankin, an assistant professor of history at ETSU, specializes in Britain and the British Empire, Africa, the Atlantic world, the Caribbean, the history of health and medicine and social history.

 For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Dr. Dorothy D r i n k a r d – H aw k s h aw e , ETSU professor of history and director of African and African American studies program, at 423-439-6688 or