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University to host African American Symposium Oct. 4

African American activism and creativity in Ohio are the topics


The African American Research and Service Institute (AARSI) and the Department of African American Studies will host a symposium titled "African American Activism and Creativity in Ohio" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room located in Baker University Center.

The symposium will consist of two panels followed by a presentation by Marilyn Sanders Mobley.

The morning panel will occur from 10:45 to 11:50 a.m. and will focus on historical preservation, labor history and the Underground Railroad in Ohio. The afternoon panel will occur from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. and will explore the literary contributions of Black Ohio Writers.

Sanders Mobley, tenured professor in the Case Western Reserve University Department of English, will speak from 3 to 4 p.m. following the afternoon panel. She is a Toni Morrison scholar, past president of the Toni Morrison Society and member of its advisory board. She is also the author of "Folk Roots and Mythic Wings in Sarah Orne Jewett and Toni Morrison: The Cultural Function of Narrative" and numerous other publications on African-American literature, women writers and diversity in higher education.

Ohio University's Board of Trustees established the AARSI in April 2003 as a part of the African American Studies' revitalization effort. The Institute represents the continuation of the Black Studies Institute, established at Ohio University in 1970.
          
The symposium is sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, Office of Multicultural Programs, College of Arts and Sciences, University College, Departments of African American Studies, English and Modern Languages. The event is free and open to the public.
          
For more information, contact Ronald Stephens at stepher2@ohio.edu.