African American Lecture Series Begins Feb. 7 at Willamette

Developmental psychologist Dr. Dalton Miller-Jones will discuss "Ethic Identity and Achievement: Educating the Black Child" at Willamette University Friday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Montag Center.

The lecture opens the four-part African-American Lecture Series funded by a Hewlett Grant. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

Miller-Jones has conducted research is on the impact of culture on development and learning and reasoning, especially for African American children. He has studied reading acquisition and teacher's attitudes and responses to speakers of Black English during reading instruction. He is beginning work in the area of identity and learning with special emphasis on mathematics and science.

Miller-Jones received his master's degree in experimental psychology from Tufts University in 1965 and a doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University in 1973.

He taught at Cornell where he helped establish the Africana Studies and Research Center. He has also taught at the University of Massachusetts and Williams College. He moved to the City University of New York Graduate School in 1984 where he subsequently served as deputy executive officer for the Ph.D. program in psychology and as head of the developmental psychology subprogram.

He has been a professor of psychology at Portland State University since 1991, where he also served as vice provost for academic affairs for three years.

On Wednesday, Feb 26, at 3:15 p.m. in the Hatfield Room of the Hatfield Library, Julius Thompson, chair of Black Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, will discuss "20th Century Black Intellectuals and Beyond."

Thompson, who penned the biography of Broadside Press founder Dudley Randall, has focused his research on African American history in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a special concentration on the history of the South and Mississippi; the Black press; African American literary and social history; modern Africa since 1900; and African American literature with a major focus on Black poets since 1860.

On Friday, March 7, at 3:15 p.m. in the Montag Center, Bakari Kitwana, former editor of The Source Magazine and author of "The Rap on Gangsta Rap and the Hip Hop Generation," will discuss "The Hip Hop Generation and Black Youth Culture."

On Wednesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in the Montag Center Den, Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, chair of African American Studies at Hamilton College, will discuss "Blackness Sublime: Race Consciousness, the New Negro and the Feminist Origins of the Negritude Movement."