Scholar-Activist to speak on multiculturalism
and global youth culture at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 25, 2000 -- Robin D. G. Kelley, professor of
history and Africana studies at New York University and well-known scholar-activist,
will give a public lecture on multiculturalism at the University of Rhode
Kelley's talk "Multiculturalism and Global Youth Culture" will
be in Edwards Auditorium on URI's Kingston Campus on Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The lecture is free. Anyone curious about cultural studies, popular culture,
youth culture, jazz and hip-hop music, African-American studies, and urban
poverty will be especially interested in this presentation.
"Professor Kelley is one of the nation's foremost scholars in interpreting
and mediating Hip Hop and related youth cultures to academia, and vice versa,"
said Melvin Wade, director of URI's Mutlicultural Center.
Kelley is the author of the prize-winning books Hammer and Hoe: Alabama
Communists During the Great Depression and Race Rebels: Culture Politics
and the Black Working Class. Kelley's most recent book, Yo' Mama's DisFunktional!:
Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America, was selected as one of the top
10 books of 1998 by the Village Voice. He is also the co-author with Sidney
J. Lemelle of Imagining Home: Class, Culture and Nationalism in the African
Diaspora; and general editor with Earl Lewis of the 11 volume Young Oxford
History of African Americans.
Two other books, Misterioso: In Search of Thelonious Monk and
a general history of African Americans in collaboration with authors Tera
Hunter and Earl Lewis, are currently in the works.
Kelley has published numerous articles dealing with black urban poor,
Malcolm X, oral history, South African radicalism, cultural studies, Pan-Africanism,
jazz, and rap music. His articles have appeared in such anthologies and
journals as The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Monthly Review,
One World, ColorLines, Journal of American History, Black Renaissance/Renaissance
Noir, The American Historical Review, New York Newsday, New York Daily Challenge,
Boston Review, and Radical History Review.
Kelley serves on the board of directors for the New York State Council
for the Humanities and is a member of the Society of American Historians,
National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Organization
of American Historians, and the Center for Black Music Research.
He has won numerous awards, including the ABC CLIO Award for Best Scholarly
Article that Advances the Field of U.S. History from the Organization of
American Historians, the National Conference of Black Political Scientists
Outstanding Book Award, the Elliot Rudwick Prize from the Organization of
American Historians, co-winner of Francis Butler Simkins Award from the
Southern Historical Association, and Outstanding Book on Human Rights from
the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the U.S. He has
held fellowships from various colleges and universities, including the Center
for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences of Stanford University, and the
American Studies Program at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
This lecture is the second presented this academic year on multiculturalism
organized by the Multicultural Center. For more information on the lecture
or to make special arrangements call 874-2851.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116