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Black History Month lectures to be held

By ETSU News Bureau
On February 3, 2013

The African and African American Studies Program in the East Tennessee State University Department of History will host a series of four lectures in February in observance of Black History Month.
Each free public lecture will be held in Room 309 of the Sherrod Library.
The first lecture, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday is "The 2012 Presidential Election: Race Relations in the 21st Century" by Dr. Daryl Carter, an ETSU assistant professor of History.
Carter, who specializes in 20th century U.S. political history and 20th century African-American history, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from ETSU and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Memphis.
Martha Michieka will speak on "Language and Cultural Identity in Modern Africa" on Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Michieka is an associate professor of English and director of the Linguistics Minor in the ETSU Department of Literature and Language. She specializes in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and sociolinguistics. She holds a bachelor's degree from Kenyatta University, Kenya, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
"Writing the U.S. Constitution and the Slavery Debate" is the topic of the third lecture, to be given by Dr. Dinah Mayo-Bobee at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19.
Mayo-Bobee, who holds her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and bachelor's degree from Norwich University, is an assistant professor of History at ETSU.
Her areas of specialty include U.S. politics and the early republic, the American Revolution, the politics of slavery, American colonial politics, and presidential history.
The final lecture in the series, "Men of the African Diaspora: Their Service in the British Royal Navy to End the Slave Trade, 1808-1861," will be given by Dr. John Rankin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27.
Rankin, an assistant professor of History at ETSU, specializes in the areas of Britain and the British Empire, Africa, the Atlantic world, the Caribbean, the history of health and medicine, and social history.
He holds his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from McMaster University and his master's degree from the University of Western Ontario.
For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Dorothy Drinkard-Hawkshawe, ETSU professor of history and director of African and African-American Studies, at 423-439-6688 or

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