FDI hosts symposium on African American scholarship

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University’s Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence will host a symposium, “From Frederick Douglass to Ruth Simmons: African-American Scholarship in the 21st Century,” starting Monday, March 26, through Wednesday, March 28. The symposium features two lectures, a panel discussion and a reception featuring the music of jazz musician Scott Arcangel.

  • On Monday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in Kehr Union Building, room 354B, Brentin Mock, a staff writer for Citylab, will present a lecture on environmental justice and its impact on minority communities. Mock previously served as justice editor for the environmental news site Grist, as a national correspondent for Colorlines.com and as a staff writer or fellow for outlets such as The Nation and Intelligence Report magazine.
  • On Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. in Kehr Union Building, room 354B, Linda Spears-Burton, the Program Director for the Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida International University (FIU), will present a lecture titled, “The Role of Woman in the Movement for Social Justice.” Burton has been an early pioneer in developing literacy programs that included multiple cultural perspectives in school literacy and language programs. She created and for eight years, directed Teachers’ Summer Institute in Grenada, West Indies for teacher and students of the African Diaspora. At FIU, her classes include advanced methods of teaching English in secondary school, masters and doctoral seminars in English education, Pedagogy in African Diaspora and classes in adolescent/ multicultural literature.
  • The symposium will conclude on Wednesday, March 28, at 5 p.m. in Kehr Union Building, room 345B with a panel discussion led by the 2017-18 BU Frederick Douglass Scholars, Ralph Godbolt, Kirstin Austin, and Carolyn Reid-Brown. The trio will discuss their research and its impact on local communities, college-aged students and the larger academic conversation.

Following Wednesday's panel discussion will be a reception at 6 p.m. with the scholars and musical stylings of Arcangel. Refreshments will be served.