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UTSA hosts African-American studies symposium

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 3, 2008)--The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host the inaugural African-American Studies Symposium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, April 4 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the 1604 Campus. Free and open to the public, the symposium will feature speakers from across the country, who will discuss the roles of African-Americans in higher education, the business community as well as arts and literature.

Speakers at the event will include: Kinitra Brooks (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Rosheila Motley (National Association of Black Accountants), DoVeanna S. Fulton (University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa), and Kevin Cokley (UT-Austin). Topics and panel discussions will include: Black Education, Pedagogy and Multiculturalism; Teaching the History of Blacks in Film at a Southern, Christian University; and The Role of Racial Identity, Academic Self-Concept and Self-Esteem in the Prediction of Academic Outcomes for African-American Students.

Kelly Rodgers, UTSA assistant professor of counseling, educational psychology and adult and higher education; Natasha Burns, UTSA assistant professor of finance; Howard Smith, UTSA associate professor of bicultural-bilingual studies; and Sonja Lanehart, UTSA professor and holder of the Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities, will serve as moderators for the event.

For more information or to register for the symposium, contact Lenora Perry Samaniego at (210) 458-4376.

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