Archive for January, 2013

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Does Race Play Too Big a Role in the Teaching of U.S. History?

Does Race Play Too Big a Role in the Teaching of U.S. History?

The National Association of Scholars released a report that criticizes the history department curricula at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University as being overly concerned with issues of race, class, and gender.

University of Tennessee Professor's Research on Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

University of Tennessee Professor’s Research on Streets Named for Martin Luther King Jr.

There are more than 900 streets named for Dr. King. The 900 streets are predominantly in the southeastern United States, where much of the civil rights movement took place. There are 10 states in which there are no streets named after Dr. King.

The University of the District of Columbia Is Cutting Nearly 100 Faculty and Staff

The University of the District of Columbia Is Cutting Nearly 100 Faculty and Staff

The historically Black educational institution in our nation’s capital, has announced that it has eliminated 69 faculty and staff positions and that an additional 28 staff positions would be cut over the next several days. The cuts are projected to save the university $8.5 million annually.

Study Demonstrates That Racial Bias Is Reflected in Neural Activity

Study Demonstrates That Racial Bias Is Reflected in Neural Activity

Researchers at the University of Geneva and New York University conclude that people with a high degree of racial bias actually perceive Black and White faces differently on the neural level.

Number of Black Applicants to the University of California Is On the Rise

Number of Black Applicants to the University of California Is On the Rise

There were 5,951 Black applicants to undergraduate programs at the University of California this year. The number of Blacks applying to the University of California is up nearly 23 percent since 2011.

Jackson State University Set to Open New Satellite Campus This Summer

Jackson State University Set to Open New Satellite Campus This Summer

The city of Madison, approximately 15 miles north of Jackson, is predominantly White. The university hopes that the location will help it obtain a threshold where more than 10 percent of its student body is non-Black so it can gain control of a $70 million endowment from the state.

Anna Deavere Smith to Receive the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Anna Deavere Smith to Receive the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

The University Professor in the Department of Performance Studies in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University was recognized with the award that honors trailblazers in the arts who have redefined their art and pushed the boundaries of excellence in their field. The prize comes with a $300,000 award.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Names New VP for Research and Development

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Names New VP for Research and Development

For the past three years, G. Dale Wesson has held the Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence Professorship in Science and Nuclear Engineering at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

Ohio State Suspends Chapter of a Historically Black Sorority Over Hazing Incident

Ohio State Suspends Chapter of a Historically Black Sorority Over Hazing Incident

Delta Sigma Theta was founded at Howard University a century ago. Members have include Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Robert Harris, Lena Horne, Barbara Jordan, and Wilma Rudolph.

A Military Milestone for a Claflin University Trustee

A Military Milestone for a Claflin University Trustee

Calvin H. Elam, a member of the board of trustees of Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, has become the first African American general in the South Carolina Air National Guard.

University of Alabama Birmingham Conducting Oral History Project of the Civil Rights Movement

University of Alabama Birmingham Conducting Oral History Project of the Civil Rights Movement

The goal of the StoryCorps Griot Initiative is to record for prosperity the stories of the city’s residents who participated in the historical civil rights movement in the early 1960s.

New Discovery of Photograph of Edmonia Lewis

New Discovery of Photograph of Edmonia Lewis

The first African American sculptor to receive international fame, was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio where she was accused of trying to poison two White students and stealing artist supplies. She was acquitted but was not permitted to graduate and spent most of her career in Rome.

Two African Americans Named to Endowed Chairs

Two African Americans Named to Endowed Chairs

Filmmaker Julie Dash is spending the current semester in an endowed chair in media at Wayne State University. Kevin B. Johnson, who has served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University since 2002, has been named the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor.

Mississippi Valley State University to Offer In-State Tuition Rates to All Students

Mississippi Valley State University to Offer In-State Tuition Rates to All Students

At the present time, in-state students pay $5,494 annually for tuition. Students from outside of Mississippi have a tuition bill of $13,734. In the fall semester, 319 of the university’s 2,500 students lived in states other than Mississippi.

Alabama HBCUs Team Up in Healthcare Alliance

Alabama HBCUs Team Up in Healthcare Alliance

The alliance is being organized by Louis Sullivan, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and president emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine.

University of Chicago Gives Out Its Diversity Leadership Awards

University of Chicago Gives Out Its Diversity Leadership Awards

Michael Bennett, associate professor of sociology at DePaul University, received the award in the alumni category. Kim Ransom, director of the university’s Collegiate Scholars Program won the award in the staff category.

Three African American Women Earn Promotions in University Administrations

Three African American Women Earn Promotions in University Administrations

The three African-American women earning promotions are Carmen Wigfall at Winston-Salem State University, Betty Roberts at Alcorn State University, and Lisa McKay at the State University of New York.

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

Three Black Scholars Honored With Prestigious Awards

The honorees are Richard Wamai of Northeastern University in Boston, Karen Jackson-Weaver of Princeton University, and Howard Fuller of Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Lincoln University of Missouri Names Its Next President

Lincoln University of Missouri Names Its Next President

Kevin D. Rome, currently vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University in Durham, will become the 19th president of Lincoln University of Missouri on June 1.

HBCU Musicians Perform at Inaugural Events

HBCU Musicians Perform at Inaugural Events

The Spelman College Glee Club performed at three events in Washington over inaugural weekend and the Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band was the only representative from an HBCU in the inaugural parade.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

Brent Chrite Is One of Four Finalists for Chancellor of Indiana University South Bend

Brent Chrite Is One of Four Finalists for Chancellor of Indiana University South Bend

Dr. Chrite is dean of the School of Business and professor of management and international business at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He is the former associate dean at the Eller College of Management of the University of Arizona.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

In Memoriam: James Alexander Hood, 1942-2013

In Memoriam: James Alexander Hood, 1942-2013

Hood was one of two Black students who successfully integrated the University of Alabama in 1963. He spent only two months on a hostile campus before transferring to Wayne State University. Many years later, he returned to the University of Alabama to earn a doctoral degree.

Tulane University Exhibit Documents the History of a Local Black Fraternal Group in Louisiana

Tulane University Exhibit Documents the History of a Local Black Fraternal Group in Louisiana

The Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans is currently showing an exhibit to honor the history of the African American fraternal organization, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Louisiana.

University of Arizona to Offer a Minor Degree Concentration in Hip-Hop

University of Arizona to Offer a Minor Degree Concentration in Hip-Hop

Among the courses that are offered in the minor degree concentration in the Africana studies program are Rap, Culture, and God, Hip-Hop Cinema, and U.S. and Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures.

A Significant Racial Gap in Academic Preparation for a College-Level Curriculum

A Significant Racial Gap in Academic Preparation for a College-Level Curriculum

New information from the U.S. Department of Education shows that during the 2007-08 academic year, 30.2 percent of all first-year African American college students took remedial courses compared to 19.9 percent of first-year White students.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Announces Its First President-in-Residence

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Announces Its First President-in-Residence

John W. Garland, the former president of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, has been chosen at the inaugural President-in-Residence at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Black Enrollments in Higher Education Expected to Continue to Grow

Black Enrollments in Higher Education Expected to Continue to Grow

New data from the U.S. Department of Education estimates that the enrollments of African Americans in higher education will increase by 25 percent by the year 2021. For whites, only a 4 percent increase is expected.

HBCU in Maryland May Contribute to the Creation of a New Medical School

HBCU in Maryland May Contribute to the Creation of a New Medical School

The new medical school would be a satellite campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County but would incorporate the health education and research programs at Salisbury University and the historically Black University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Norfolk State University Breaks Ground on Its First New Classroom Building in 38 Years

Norfolk State University Breaks Ground on Its First New Classroom Building in 38 Years

The new 140,000-square-foot building will house 49 classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices and lounges, teleconferencing facilities, and a cafe.

Alabama A&M Boosting Its Online Offerings

Alabama A&M Boosting Its Online Offerings

For the first time, the university will offer an online bachelor’s degree in management aimed at the nontraditional student but courses will also be made available to resident students if there are available openings in particular courses.