Saturday, February 19, 2011

Harvard Professor Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham to Lecture on African American History at Adelphi University on February 23

Adelphi University is pleased to host Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham as she delivers the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture “From Slavery to Freedom and the Legacy of John Hope Franklin: A Tribute.” The event will take place on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center’s Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The annual distinguished lecture, which pays homage to the great African American culture and history scholar, John Hope Franklin, who first delivered the lecture in 1996, is sponsored by The Center for African, Black, and Caribbean Studies and the John Hope Franklin Distinguished Lecture Series. The event is part of Adelphi’s Black History Month celebration.

Dr. Higginbotham is the Victor S. Thomas professor of history at Harvard University, as well as the chair of the African and African American Studies Department at the school. This year, she was invited to be the first John Hope Franklin Professor of American Legal History at the Duke University Law School. She also served as acting director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute in spring 2008.

Dr. Higginbotham has revised and re-written the classic African American history survey, From Slavery to Freedom, and co-authored the book’s latest edition with the late John Hope Franklin. She also co-edited the African American National Biography with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Guide to African-American History, and authored Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church: 1880-1920, among numerous other works and accomplishments.

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
Her accolades include induction into the American Philosophical Society for promoting useful knowledge, the 2008 Carter G. Woodson Scholars Medallion from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the 2008 Legend Award from the Urban League, among others. In March 2005, she made the AOL Black Voices’ list of “Top 10 Black Women in Higher Education.” In April 2003 she was chosen by Harvard University to be a Walter Channing Cabot Fellow in recognition of her achievements and scholarly eminence in the field of history.

Professor Higginbotham earned a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in American History, an M.A. from Howard University, and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before coming to Harvard, she taught on the full-time faculties of Dartmouth, the University of Maryland, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she was a visiting professor at Princeton University and New York University.

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About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults.

Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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