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In Memoriam: Thomas Winston Cole Jr., 1941-2022

In Memoriam: Thomas Winston Cole Jr., 1941-2022

In 1987, Dr. Cole was named president of both Atlanta University and Clark College, to simultaneously manage both institutions and create a consolidation plan. President Cole was appointed the founding president of Clark Atlanta University in 1988. He served in that role until 2002.

In Memoriam: Elsie Gloria Jean Moore Smith, 1949-2022

In Memoriam: Elsie Gloria Jean Moore Smith, 1949-2022

In 1981, Dr. Smith was hired as an assistant professor of counselor education at Arizona State University. She remained on the faculty there for more than 40 years.

Black Patients More Likely Than Whites to Be Described by Physicians in Negative Terms

Black Patients More Likely Than Whites to Be Described by Physicians in Negative Terms

Researchers at the University of Chicago searched the electronic health records of over 18,000 adult patients, including over 40,000 history and physical notes. They found that Black patients were 2.54 times as likely to have at least one negative descriptor in their medical records compared to White patients.

Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Named Professorships

Three African American Scholars Who Have Been Appointed to Named Professorships

The three African Americans appointed to named chairs are Kamia Chavis at the law school of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Williams Clemons at the California Institute of Technology, and Monica Peek at the University of Chicago Medical School.

Four African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Four African American Scholars Who Are Taking on New Assignments

Taking on new duties or assigned to new positions are Lisa M. Anderson at the Graduate School at Arizona State University, Eve Dunbar at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, David Staten at South Carolina State University, and Monica Peek at the University of Chicago.

Benjamin Talton Named Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University

Benjamin Talton Named Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University

The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center houses one of the most comprehensive collections of African-American, African, and Africana history and memorabilia found anywhere in the world. Its collections include hundreds of thousands of pamphlets, books, periodicals, photographs, personal papers, manuscripts, music, artifacts, and other materials.

University of Pennsylvania's Elijah Anderson Wins the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

University of Pennsylvania’s Elijah Anderson Wins the 2021 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

The Stockholm Prize in Criminology is an international prize established under the aegis of the Swedish Ministry of Justice. First awarded in 2006, the prize recognizes outstanding achievements in criminological research or the application of research results to reduce crime and advance human rights.

In Memoriam: Timuel Dixon Black Jr., 1918-2021

In Memoriam: Timuel Dixon Black Jr., 1918-2021

Timuel Black, a noted American historian, educator, and civil rights activist, died on October 13 at his home in Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. He was 102 years old.

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago's Cathy Cohen

The American Political Science Association Honors the University of Chicago’s Cathy Cohen

Cathy J. Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor in the department of political science at the University of Chicago, received the 2021 Hanes Walton, Jr. Career Award from the American Political Science Association. The award honors a political scientist whose lifetime of distinguished scholarship has made significant contributions to the understanding of racial and ethnic politics.

New Study Finds That Property Tax Rates Unfairly Burden Black Homeowners

New Study Finds That Property Tax Rates Unfairly Burden Black Homeowners

A new study by Christopher Berry, the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, finds that properties located in neighborhoods that are 90 to 100 percent Black experience assessment levels that are more than 1.5 times the average for their county.

Two African American Faculty Members Win the Pulitzer Prize

Two African American Faculty Members Win the Pulitzer Prize

Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., won the Pulitzer Prize in history and Mitchell S. Jackson, an assistant professor of English at the University of Chicago, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing

Kiki Petrosino of the University of Virginia Wins the 2021 Rilke Prize

Kiki Petrosino of the University of Virginia Wins the 2021 Rilke Prize

Professor Petrosino was honored for her poetry collection that weaves together a variety of poetic forms – villanelles, a heroic crown and erasure – to explore her Black heritage and larger societal issues with the legacy of slavery and race relations in America.

University of Chicago Appoints Five Black Scholars to Named Professorships

University of Chicago Appoints Five Black Scholars to Named Professorships

Twenty-three University of Chicago faculty members have received named professorships or have been appointed distinguished service professors. Five of these appointments went to Black scholars: Melissa L. Gilliam, Selwyn O. Rogers, Salikoko S. Mufwene, Margaret Beale Spencer, and Herschella G. Conyers.

In Memoriam: Leith Patricia Mullings, 1945-2020

In Memoriam: Leith Patricia Mullings, 1945-2020

After teaching for six years at Columbia University, Dr. Mullings joined the faculty at the City University of New York in 1983. There she eventually became a distinguished professor of anthropology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Northwestern University's Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Northwestern University’s Carol D. Lee Selected to Lead the National Academy of Education

Dr. Lee served as Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy and as a professor of African American studies at Northwestern University. She became professor emerita in 2019. Professor Lee will serve a four-year term as president of the National Academy of Education beginning in November 2021.

University of Chicago's Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

University of Chicago’s Eve Ewing Honored at the Iowa City Book Festival

Eve Ewing is an assistant professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. The Paul Engle Prize honors writers who demonstrate a pioneering spirit in the world of literature and a commitment to engaging with the issues of the day.

University of Chicago English Department to Only Accept Grad Students Focused on Black Studies

University of Chicago English Department to Only Accept Grad Students Focused on Black Studies

The department announced that “for the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, the University of Chicago English department is accepting only applicants interested in working in and with Black Studies.” The department is planning to admit five new Ph.D. students.

Harvard's Danielle Allen Awarded the $500,000 Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

Harvard’s Danielle Allen Awarded the $500,000 Kluge Prize From the Library of Congress

Danielle S. Allen, a University professor and professor of government who also serves as director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, has been awarded the John W. Kluge Prize from the Library of Congress. The prize recognizes scholarly achievement in disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes.

In Memoriam: Thomas Franklin Freeman, 1919-2020

In Memoriam: Thomas Franklin Freeman, 1919-2020

After a short term as a visiting professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he taught Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Freeman began his career at what is now Texas Southern University in 1949 as a professor of philosophy. He remained affiliated with the university for more than 70 years.

In Memoriam: Conrad Worrill, 1941-2020

In Memoriam: Conrad Worrill, 1941-2020

Dr. Worrill joined the faculty of the department of inner city studies at Northeastern Illinois University in 1976. He also served as the director of the university’s Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies. He retired in 2016 after serving on the faculty for 50 year.

University of Chicago Scholar Receives Book Award From the College Art Association

University of Chicago Scholar Receives Book Award From the College Art Association

Darby English, the Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History and the director of the Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, was selected to receive the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism from the College Art Association.

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

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

Economist Finds Speech Patterns Impact Wages, Particularly for African Americans

Economist Finds Speech Patterns Impact Wages, Particularly for African Americans

A new University of Chicago study found that speech patterns strongly affect a person’s wages, particularly for African Americans. The study found that workers with racially and regionally distinctive speech patterns earn lower wages compared to those who speak in the mainstream.

Four African American Academics In This Year's Class of MacArthur Fellows

Four African American Academics In This Year’s Class of MacArthur Fellows

The Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation has announced the selection of 26 individuals in this year’s class of MacArthur Fellows. This year, five of the 26 MacArthur Fellows are Black. Four have current ties to academia.

University of Chicago Creates an Interactive Map Detailing the 1919 Chicago Race Riots

University of Chicago Creates an Interactive Map Detailing the 1919 Chicago Race Riots

The new map highlights how Chicago’s Black residents were at risk of being victimized across much wider swaths of city than previously known.

Mississippi State University Appoints New Leader of African American Studies Program

Mississippi State University Appoints New Leader of African American Studies Program

Donald M. Shaffer is an associate professor of English and African American studies at the university. His research examines the social and historical construction of race in African American and Southern literature.

University of Chicago Releases Progress Report on Its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

University of Chicago Releases Progress Report on Its Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

The report is broken down into four sections: infrastructure, climate, people, and community. In each section, the university details how each area of the institution has made improvements to the school’s overall diversity over the past year and a half.

Chemist William Lester Honored by the International Association of Top Professionals

Chemist William Lester Honored by the International Association of Top Professionals

William Lester currently serves as a professor and associate dean in the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the associate director and faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Universities  Partner to Produce the Official Oral History of Barack Obama's Presidency

Universities Partner to Produce the Official Oral History of Barack Obama’s Presidency

The Obama Foundation has selected the Columbia Center for Oral History Research to produce the official oral history of Barack Obama’s presidency. The University of Hawai’i and the University of Chicago will also serve as contributing partners for the project.

The National Science Foundation Pays Tribute to Physicist Dr. Walter Massey

The National Science Foundation Pays Tribute to Physicist Dr. Walter Massey

Walter E. Massey will receive the Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Foundation on May 14. The prestigious award honors science and technology leaders who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service in science, technology, and public policy.

Syracuse University's Kal Alston Elected President of the Philosophy of Education Society

Syracuse University’s Kal Alston Elected President of the Philosophy of Education Society

Dr. Alston currently serves as a professor of cultural foundations of education and associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Education at Syracuse University in New York. She has been very active within the Philosophy of Education Society for the past 30 years.

A Pair of African American Scholars Who Have Been Named to Dean Positions

A Pair of African American Scholars Who Have Been Named to Dean Positions

Janette M. Braverman is the new dean of the College of Business and Management, External Partnerships at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee and Maurice Charles has been named dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago.

Four Academic Powerhouses Join Forces to Study Racial Issues in the Humanities

Four Academic Powerhouses Join Forces to Study Racial Issues in the Humanities

Academic centers at four leading universities have entered into a partnership to investigate the connections between the study of race and racism and academic fields in the humanities. The four participating institutions are Yale University, Stanford University, Brown University and the University of Chicago.

Young Blacks Who Experience Discrimination Are More Likely to Engage in Political Activism

Young Blacks Who Experience Discrimination Are More Likely to Engage in Political Activism

A new study by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Chicago has found that Black teens and young adults who experience racial discrimination are more likely to engage in social and political activism on issues that are important to the African American community.

The State of Illinois Now Requires Public Universities to Offer Courses on Black History

The State of Illinois Now Requires Public Universities to Offer Courses on Black History

A new bill passed into law in the state of Illinois requires all state-operated colleges and universities in the state to include at least one course on Black history. The educational institutions can meet the requirement by offering an online course.

Two Black Male Medical School Professors Who Are Taking on New Roles

Two Black Male Medical School Professors Who Are Taking on New Roles

Russell Reid has been named the first Bernard G. Sarnat M.D. Professor in the department of surgery at the University of Chicago School of Medicine and Patrick Nana-Sinkam, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been elected as a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.