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Duke University Scholar Finds That "Beauty Is in the Ear of the Beholder"

Duke University Scholar Finds That “Beauty Is in the Ear of the Beholder”

A new study by Robert L. Reece, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, finds that when test subjects are told a person is of mixed-racial heritage that person is perceived as more attractive than when test subjects are told the person is Black.

New Website Explores the Origins of African American Music

New Website Explores the Origins of African American Music

Scholars at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have debuted an interactive website that chronicles what is believed to be among the earliest examples of the music of the African diaspora.

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: Austin Chesterfield Clarke, 1934-2016

In Memoriam: Austin Chesterfield Clarke, 1934-2016

Clarke was a native of Barbados. He came to Canada in 1955 to study at the University of Toronto. The author of 11 novels, he taught at Yale University, Duke University, and the University of Texas.

Harvard University Receives the Vast Archives of Televangelist Carlton Pearson

Harvard University Receives the Vast Archives of Televangelist Carlton Pearson

Carlton Pearson, a former Pentecostal televangelist, has donated his personnel archives to the Andover-Harvard Theological Library. The archives include thousands of hours of raw and produced footage from Pearson’s days as a televangelist.

Duke University Debuts an Online Guide of Julian Abele's Contributions to Its Campus

Duke University Debuts an Online Guide of Julian Abele’s Contributions to Its Campus

African American Julian Abele designed many of the Gothic buildings on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Now the university has debuted a new online tour guide of Abele’s contributions to its campus.

In Memoriam: Raymond Gavins, 1942-2016

In Memoriam: Raymond Gavins, 1942-2016

Dr. Gavins joined the faculty at Duke in 1970. He was the first African American to join the faculty of Duke’s history department. Dr. Gavins was promoted to associate professor in 1977 and to full professor in 1992.

New Assignments for Three African American Faculty Members

New Assignments for Three African American Faculty Members

Taking on new assignments are Lamont A. Flowers of Clemson University in South Carolina, Gary Bennett Jr. of Duke University, and Monique Greenwood at Howard University.

Spelman College Establishes a Curatorial Studies Program

Spelman College Establishes a Curatorial Studies Program

A recent survey found that only 4 percent of museum professionals are African Americans. This new program, said to be the first of its kind at a historically Black college or university, seeks to address the diversity gap in museum leadership.

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Three Black Scholars Named to Dean Positions

Deborah Deas will be the new dean of the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. Onye Ozuzu was named dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College in Chicago and Arlie Petters was named dean of academic affairs at Trinity College of Duke University.

Study Finds That HBCUs Are Charged Higher Fees to Issue Bonds

Study Finds That HBCUs Are Charged Higher Fees to Issue Bonds

A new study authored by researchers at four universities, finds that historically Black colleges and university pay a higher underwriting fee for debt issues than predominantly White institutions even when credit reporting agencies rate the debt issues as having similar risk.

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Six African Americans Appointed to Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Terry Lindsay at Paul Smith College, Shawna Young at Duke University, Lynette Clemetson at the University of Michigan, Rick W. Smith Jr. at Kentucky State University, Lynn Swann at the University of Southern California, and Pamela Nolan Young at the University of Notre Dame.

Keith Whitfield Named the Next Provost of Wayne State University in Detroit

Keith Whitfield Named the Next Provost of Wayne State University in Detroit

Dr. Whitfield currently serves as vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. There, he is also a professor of psychology and neuroscience and a research professor in the department or geriatric medicine at the medical school.

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

At All Levels of Wealth, Blacks Are More Likely Than Whites to Spend Time in Jail

As expected, wealthier people of all races were less likely to be incarcerated than members of their racial group with lower levels of wealth. But at all levels of wealth, Blacks were more likely than Whites to spend time in jail.

Duke University to Further Honor the Black Man Who Designed Much of Its Campus

Duke University to Further Honor the Black Man Who Designed Much of Its Campus

Duke University has announced that the main quadrangle with the university’s initial academic and residential buildings will be named Abele Quad. An African American architect, Julian Francis Abele, designed many of the buildings on the quadrangle.

University to Rename Auditorium That Honored a White Supremacist

University to Rename Auditorium That Honored a White Supremacist

The board of trustees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro has voted to rename Aycock Auditorium on its campus. Charles Brantley Aycock, a former governor of North Carolina, was a staunch segregationist and led efforts to disenfranchise Black voters in the state.

Duke University Becomes the Newest Partner of the QuestBridge Program

Duke University Becomes the Newest Partner of the QuestBridge Program

QuestBridge, based in Palo Alto, California, connects high-achieving students from low-income families to the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.

Gate on Haverford College Campus Linked to Black Architectural Pioneer Julian Abele

Gate on Haverford College Campus Linked to Black Architectural Pioneer Julian Abele

New research by a faculty member at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, has found that one of famed architect Julian Abele’s first creations was the Edward B. Conklin Gate on the Haverford campus. Abele designed the gate while he was still a student at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Duke to Further Recognize the Black Man Who Designed Many Buildings on Its Campus

Duke to Further Recognize the Black Man Who Designed Many Buildings on Its Campus

Julian Abele designed many of the Gothic buildings on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. But because of his race, the university did not originally celebrate the architect of many of its most important structures.

Duke University to Study How It Deals With Bias and Hate on Campus

Duke University to Study How It Deals With Bias and Hate on Campus

Duke University has created a task force that will be charged with a broad review of Duke’s policies, practices and culture as they pertain to bias and hate in the Duke student experience.

Duke University Acquires Marcus Garvey Papers Collection

Duke University Acquires Marcus Garvey Papers Collection

The collection includes the papers and research documents used by Professor Robert A. Hill to compose the 12-volume Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers.

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

New Administrative Duties for Seven African Americans in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Five Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Five Black Faculty Members Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new duties are David H. Jackson at Florida A&M University. Belinda Archibong at Barnard College, Derron O. Wallace at Brandeis University, Christena Cleveland at Duke Divinity School, and Zella Palmer at Dillard University.

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

Honors and Awards for Five Black Scholars

The honorees are the late Clement A. Price of Rutgers University, Thomas H. Epps III of the University of Delaware, James E. Coleman Jr. of Duke University, Ngondi Kamatuka of the University of Kansas, and Sheila Jackson of Mississippi State University.

Indiana University's Jacinda Townsend Wins Award for Her First Novel

Indiana University’s Jacinda Townsend Wins Award for Her First Novel

Jacinda Townsend, an associate professor of English at Indiana University, is being honored by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester.

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

Five Black Scholars Taking on New Assignments in Higher Education

The scholars in new teaching roles ate Carolyn Barnes at Duke University, Tondra-Loder-Jackson at the University of Alabama Birmingham, H. Shellae Versey at Wesleyan University, Kisha Lashley at the University of Virginia, and Vanessa Tyson at Scripps College.

Honors and Awards for Four African American Scholars

Honors and Awards for Four African American Scholars

The honorees are Harold Franklin, the first Black student at Auburn University, the late Ella Lee Kelley of Southern University, Patrick Hawkins of the College of Nursing at Michigan State University, and Keith Whitfield of Duke University.

Duke Honors Its First Black Faculty Member

Duke Honors Its First Black Faculty Member

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, recently held a ceremony to celebrate the naming of its new social policy center to honor Samuel DuBois Cook. In 1966, Dr. Cook became the first African American faculty member at Duke.

Civil Rights Is a Key Element of an Archival Project of Sermons Given at the Duke University Chapel

Civil Rights Is a Key Element of an Archival Project of Sermons Given at the Duke University Chapel

Many of the sermons given at the Duke University Chapel dating from the 1950s and 1960s touch on issues of race and the civil rights movement. Recordings and transcripts of these sermons are now being digitized for researchers.

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.

A Trio of Black Scholars Receive Notable Honors

A Trio of Black Scholars Receive Notable Honors

The honorees are Anne Taylor Green, provost emerita at Bethune-Cookman University, Marie Chisholm-Burns of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University.

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

New Roles for Three Black Faculty Members

Taking on new duties are KiTani Parker Lemieux at Xavier University of Louisiana, Darby English at the University of Chicago, and Kerry L. Haynie at Duke University in North Carolina.

University Research Finds a Link Between Poverty and Lower Brain Development

University Research Finds a Link Between Poverty and Lower Brain Development

This is of particular importance to African Americans because the median income of Black families in the United States is only 60 percent of the median income of non-Hispanic Whites and Black families are three times as likely to be in poverty as non-Hispanic White families.

Yale Divinity School Lands an Esteemed African American Scholar

Yale Divinity School Lands an Esteemed African American Scholar

Willie James Jennings was an associate professor of theology and Black church studies at Duke University Divinity School. He is the the 2015 winner of the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Eight African Americans Taking on New Administrative Duties in Higher Education

Here is this week’s roundup of African Americans who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States.