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AAS Liaisons Roundtable Sept. 2: "What is African American Study?"

September 1, 2009

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MACOMB, IL - - Liaisons, the Western Illinois University Department of African American Studies Faculty Lecture Series for 2009-2010, kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 2 with the roundtable discussion "What is African American Study?" The session will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the University Union Sandburg Lounge.

The lecture and discussion series is part of a continuing effort to acknowledge and celebrate the founding, four decades ago, of Black studies as an academic discipline within American colleges and universities, said Jo-Ann Morgan, associate professor of African American studies and art. She noted the word "liaisons" was chosen because of its definition as "the exchange of information or the planning of joint efforts by separate groups or individuals."

Throughout the lecture series, faculty guest speakers will talk about how studying African American history and culture can benefit students--regardless of what major they choose.

The opening roundtable Sept. 2 will include faculty and student discussion, and will be hosted by Associate Professor of African American Studies Alphonso Simpson Jr.

The Fall 2009 Liaisons series includes "African American Studies and the Arts," hosted by Morgan and Simpson, Wednesday, Sept. 30; and "Black in America Too: Afro-Caribbean Immigrants," hosted by Oswald Warner, associate professor of sociology, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

All programs are open free to the public and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the University Union Sandburg Lounge.

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