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Fall 2014 Lecture Series

The St. Clair Drake Center is proud to announce the fall lecture series featuring noted scholars and writers, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jeffrey Helgeson, and Andrew Rosa.

All lectures start at 5 pm and are held at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL in our Murray-Green Library. All lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture series is made possible by generous support from Robert and Rose Johnson (BA, '58).

October 2

Andrew Rosa, assistant professor of African American Studies at Western Kentucky University, will discuss In the Shadow of Empire: St. Clair Drake and the Problem of African Studies in the Cold War.

October 9

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor and writer for the Atlantic, will discuss The Case for Reparations.

October 23

Jeffrey Helgeson, assistant professor of history at Texas State University, will discuss Crucibles of Black Empowerment: Roosevelt University and the Battles Against Plantation Politics.


For more information about the lecture serie or to join the St. Clair Drake Center mailing list, please contact Professor Erik Gellman.


Past Events

The St. Clair Drake Center and the Mansfield Institute hosted the Matthew Freeman Lecture featuring Dr. Victor Rios, sociologist and author of “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys” on April 2 at 5:30 p.m.

The St. Clair Drake Center and the Mansfield Institute hosted the "One Book One University" lecture by Dr. Carl Hart on his book, “High Price" on March 27 at 4:30 p.m.

The St. Clair Drake Center and Mansfield Institute held the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Summit on the Chicago Campus on February 7, 2014. DMC is generally defined as the phenomenon of Black and Latino youth coming in contact with the criminal justice system in far greater numbers than they represented in the general population.

The St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies presented a lecture on November 21 at 5:30 pm in the Roosevelt University Murray-Green Library by R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at City College of New York titled, "Educational Opportunity? The Role of Schooling in Contemporary Struggles for Social Equality." Sponsored by the Murray-Green Library and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson.This event was the third of three events for the lecture series that honors and reflects upon the themes of St. Clair Drake's lectures in 1963 - 100 years after Emancipation.  For more information contact Professor Alfred Defreece (adefreece@roosevelt.edu).

St. Clair Drake Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Drop in WB 1109 on October 17 from 2-6 pm for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for St. Clair Drake's Wikipedia entry. Sponsored by the St. Clair Drake Center and the Roosevelt University Murray-Green Library.

Lecture Series to honor and reflect upon the themes of St. Clair Drake's lectures in 1963 - 100 years after Emancipation:

Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The March on Washington and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights
Monday, October 14, 12:30 pm

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Auditorium Building, 10thFloor, Murray-Green Library
Chicago IL

The St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies presents a lecture by Will P. Jones, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin. Bennett Johnson - noted Chicago area activist, editor, businessman, and former Roosevelt University student - will be honored for his role in organizing the Chicago contingent of the March on Washington. Sponsored by the Murray-Green Library and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman, Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center.

Bound for Freedom: Black WPA Writers Document Chicago's South Side
Tuesday, October 22, 4:00-5:30 pm

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Auditorium Building, 10thFloor, Murray-Green Libary
Chicago IL

The Center for New Deal Studies and the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies present a lecture by Brian Dolinar, PhD. editor of The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers (2013, University of Illinois Press). Commentary by Christopher Reed, Roosevelt University Professor Emeritus, and author of the book The Depression Comes to the South Side (2012, Indiana University Press). Sponsored by the Center for New Deal Studies and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman, Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center.