|Study Finds a Racial Disparity in the Perception of Fairness During the Tenuring Process at the Nation's Law Schools
A new study supported by the American Bar Association and the Law School Admission Council has found a racial disparity in the perception of fairness during the tenuring process at American law schools. The study, authored by Katherine Barnes of the University of Arizona and Elizabeth Mertz of the University of Wisconsin, surveyed tenured law professors from across the nation. Some 77 percent of these law professors stated that they believed the tenuring process at their law school was fair. But only 65 percent of minority law professors thought the process was fair. (click to read more)
University Study Finds No Recent Progress in Increasing Racial Integration
A study of 2010 census data by John Logan, a professor of sociology at Brown University, and Brian Stults, a sociologist at Florida State University, finds that although the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, racial integration of the nation's neighborhoods is not occurring. (click to read more)
African-American Physician Offers New Training Program for Caregivers of Black Alzheimer's Patients
Floyd B. Willis, a graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine and chair of the department of family medicine at the Mayo Clinic, has founded a new training program in Florida for caregivers of African-American Alzheimer's patients. The Alzheimer's Caregiver Training and Support project is a 12-week program that can be conducted by telephone or in the classroom. (click to read more)
Historically Black University Looks to Expand Its Doctoral Programs
This month, historically black Winston-Salem State University will begin classes in its new Ph.D. program in physical therapy. This is the first doctoral program at the university. But the university is already setting its sights on additional doctoral programs. (click to read more)
The Higher Education of California's New Attorney General
Last week Kamala D. Harris took the oath of office as attorney general of the state of California. She is the first female and the first African American to hold the office. Harris is a graduate of Howard University and received her legal training at the Hastings College of Law of the University of California San Francisco. (click to read more)
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Honored in China
Last month, scholars from across China convened at Beijing Foreign Studies University to honor Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. (click to read more)
A Century After Race Ended a Bitter Rivalry, Missouri and Iowa Once Again Meet on the Football Field
Late last month the University of Missouri and the University of Iowa squared off in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. Despite the fact that they are flagship universities in adjoining states, the two schools had not met on the gridiron for 100 years. Race was the reason the universities stopped playing against one another in 1910. The bitter rivalry, which started in the 1890s, was always controversial because Iowa fielded black players and Missouri refused to do so. (click to read more)
Honors and Awards
The Importance of a Black Presence at a Nation's Most Prestigious Universities
JBHE has always maintained that it is important for African Americans to gain admission to the nation's leading colleges and universities because it is these institutions that in turn produce leaders for society's institutions. The logic of this argument is apparent from recent statistics originating in the United Kingdom. Many of the leading colleges at Oxford and Cambridge universities in Britain made no offers of admission to black students this past year. Now the British government reports that the country's civil service accepted only five blacks among the 450 who applied to its "fast stream" recruitment program. (click to read more)
Indiana University Upgrades Its Swahili Language Program
Swahili is a language spoken by more than 70 million people in Africa. It is one of the official languages of the African Union. The language is currently offered to both undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana University in Bloomington. But now the university is creating a Swahili Flagship program that aims to produce graduates who are fluent in the language. (click to read more)
Cornell University Launches New Human Rights Institute Named After Civil Rights Icon Dorothy Cotton
Cornell University has established the Dorothy Cotton Institute to honor the longtime civil rights activist and former director of student activities at the university. The new institute aims to become an internationally renowned education and resource center to "develop, nurture, and train leaders for a global human rights movement; build a network and community of human rights leadership; and explore, share and promote practices that transform individuals and communities, opening new pathways to peace, justice and healing." (click to read more)
New Version of Huckleberry Finn Omits the Word "Nigger"
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published for the first time in the United States in 1885, is considered by many to be an American literary masterpiece. But many scholars are disturbed by Twain's use of racial stereotypes and the frequent use of the word "nigger" by Huck Finn, the narrator of the story. Now a new edition of the novel, published by NewSouth Books, has removed all instances of the use of the word "nigger" and substituted these references with the word "slave." (click to read more)
• Goldie L. Ivory, an educator who is said to have been the first black lay woman to earn a degree from the University of Notre Dame, died last month at a hospital in South Bend, Indiana. She was 84 years old.
• Dorothy Penman Harrison, the former president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, died last month in Flossmoor, Illinois. She was 103 years old. (click to read more)
Appointments, Promotions, and Resignations
Nikki R. Jackson • Doris Terry Williams • Marcia Chatelain • Stephanie E. Phillips • George W. Reid • W. Franklyn Richardson (click to read more)
Grants and Gifts
Lincoln University • Morgan State University • John Wood • Howard University • Christian Brothers University • North Carolina A&T State University (click to read more)
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