Symposium to explore civil rights struggle during Hollybush era

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Scholars from Rutgers, Princeton, Rowan and Temple universities will come together to explore the connections between international events and the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s in a symposium on Monday, Nov. 12, at 1:45 p.m. in Room 221 of Rowan's Chamberlain Student Center.

Scholars from Rutgers, Princeton, Rowan and Temple universities will come together to explore the connections between international events and the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s in a symposium on Monday, Nov. 12, at 1:45 p.m. in Room 221 of Rowan's Chamberlain Student Center.

The event, which is sponsored by the African American Studies program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Rowan, is part of the University's series of events planned for the 2007-2008 academic year to mark the 40th anniversary of the Hollybush Summit at Rowan.

The symposium is titled "The Glassboro Summit from the perspective of the Civil Rights movement and the development of African American Studies." The event will explore connections between international issues and events in 1967 and social issues, including the struggle for civil rights and the development of African American Studies, within New Jersey and the United States.

Panelists for the symposium will include:
 
- Junius Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University-Newark;

- Karen Jackson-Weaver, associate dean of academic affairs and diversity at The Graduate School at Princeton University;

- And Nathaniel Norment, chair of African American Studies at Temple University.

Corann Okorodudu, professor of psychology and coordinator of African American Studies at Rowan, and Jerome C. Harris, chairman of the New Jersey Black Issues Convention in Newark, will serve as moderators for the forum.

The symposium is part of a year-long series of events planned at the University to commemorate the summit and to explore issues that faced the world then-and now. Upcoming events include:

Dec. 4

"National Intelligence Estimate: What Went Wrong," with Bob Graham, former U.S. Senator and governor of Florida.

Feb. 19

"Johnson and Kosygin and the Dawn of Détente," with speaker Sergei Khrushchev, senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies and son of the late Nikita Khrushchev, former general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

April 1

"Soldiers of the Cold War: Political activism of ethic groups in the U.S. during the Cold War," featuring a host of panelists from colleges and universities nationwide.

April 11-12: Symposium on Nuclear Proliferation

April 11 panel discussion with moderator Dan Rather, former CBS Evening News anchor, and the following panelists: William Porter, director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar Professor of Nonproliferation Studies at Monterey Institute of International Studies; Joseph Cirincione, senior fellow and director for the Nuclear Policy Center for American Progress; and Rose Gottemoeller, Moscow Centre Director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

April 12 symposium (Keynote speakers to be determined).

For more information about Hollybush activities or to view historic video from the Summit, visit www.rowan.edu/hollybush or call 856-256-4240.
 

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