20th Thurgood Marshall Lecture by Dr. Manning Marable

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA presents a lecture by Dr. Manning Marable, Columbia University.

Thursday, April 16, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Schedule for Dr. Marable's Visit to UCLA:

Thurgood Marshall Honoree Informal Discussion and Q&A - Dr. Manning Marable
Thursday, April 16, 2009
12 Noon - 1 PM
Haines Hall, Rm. 135

Thurgood Marshall Lecture and Reception - Dr. Manning Marable
Thursday, April 16, 2009

  • 6:00 PM - Reception
  • 7:00 PM - Thurgood Marshall Lecture

Covel Commons - Grand Horizon Room, Third Floor

Dr. Manning Marable is one of America’s most influential and widely read scholars. Since 1993, Dr. Marable has been Professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, History, and African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York City. For ten years, Dr. Marable was founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University, from 1993 to 2003. Under Dr. Marable’s leadership, the Institute became one of the nation’s most prestigious centers of scholarship on the black American experience.

Born in 1950, Dr. Marable received his BA degree from Earlham College in 1971, his MA degree in
American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972, and his PhD in American History from the University of Maryland in 1976. Dr. Marable’s academic career extends over three decades, beginning with his appointment as Lecturer of African-American Studies at Smith College (1974 – 1976). Throughout much of his professional life he has served either as director or chair of an academic unit or program. His initial administrative appointment was as Chair of the Political Science Department at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama (1976 – 1979). At historic Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Marable revived and directed the Race Relations Institute (1982 – 1983), originally founded by legendary sociologist Charles S. Johnson in 1944. In 1983, Dr. Marable established Colgate University’s Africana and Latin American Studies Program, which he directed for three years (1983 – 1986). From 1987 to 1989, Dr. Marable was Chair of The Ohio State University’s Black Studies Department, which at that time was the largest African-American Studies Program in the country. At the University of Colorado (1989-1993), he served as Professor of Ethnic Studies, History and Political Science.

Dr. Marable is a prolific author, whose major books are: Race, Reform and Rebellion (2007), Third
Revised Edition; Living Black History
(2005); W.E.B Du Bois (2005), Revised Edition; The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life (2002); Black Leadership (1999); Beyond Black and White (1995); Black American Politics (1985); and How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America (1983). Several edited volumes by Dr. Marable have become standard texts in the teaching of African-American Studies. These include: The New Black Renaissance: The Souls Anthology (2005); with Assistant Editors John Macmillan and Nishani Frazier, Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience (2003); Co-editor with Leith Mullings, Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform and Renewal (2000); and Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African-American Experience (2000).

Dr. Marable has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has been awarded two honorary doctorates: from the State University of New York – New Paltz (2000), and from the John Jay College of the City of University of New York (2006). In the fall semester 2007, Dr. Marable was named the Sterling Brown 1922 Visiting Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In the field of human rights and racial justice, Dr. Marable was a nominee of an NAACP Image Award in 2005, for his book coedited with Myrlie Evers Williams, The Autobiography of Medgar Evers. He was the recipient of Book of the Year honors by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights, University of Arkansas, in 1987 for W.E.B. Du Bois, and in 1996 for Beyond Black and White. In the field of African-American Studies, he has been awarded the Ida B. Wells-Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership by the National Council of Black Studies, 2005.

Dr. Marable has also been the recipient of numerous research grants. He is currently being funded by the Ford Foundation, for the development of the multimedia “Amistad Digital Resource for Teachers,” designed to aid public schools teachers in the teaching of African-American history.

Professor Marable is a national leader in the development of web-based, educational resources on the African American experience. With Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, he has directed the production of two courses on W.E.B. Du Bois and Malcolm X, respectively; a multimedia version of Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, in 2001; and a massive multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

In 2002, Dr. Marable established the Center for Contemporary Black History (CCBH) at Columbia
University, an advanced research and publications center that examines black leadership and politics, culture and society. CCBH produces Souls, a quarterly academic journal of African-American Studies, which is published and distributed internationally. CCBH’s Africana Criminal Justice Project has conducted a national survey of Black Studies departments to promote the development of new courses on race, crime and justice; complied hundreds of original texts in an African American archive examining “the meaning of justice” throughout black history; and taught courses on hip-hop culture and critical criminology inside Riker’s Island Correctional Facility in New York City.

In 2007, Dr. Marable launched The Critical Black Studies Series. The book series that will feature
readers and anthologies examining challenging topics within the recent black experience – in the United States, the Caribbean, African, and throughout the African Diaspora. Recent books in the series include: Manning Marable and Kristen Clark, eds., Seeking Higher Ground: The Hurricane Katrina Crisis, Race, and Public Policy Reader (2008); and Manning Marable and Vanessa Agard-Jones, eds., Transnational Blackness: African Americans Navigating the Global Color Line (2008).

Since 1976, Dr. Marable has written a political commentary series, “Along the Color Line,” that appears in over four hundred newspapers and journals worldwide. He is regularly featured in national and international media. He donates much of his time fundraising and speaking on behalf of prisoners’ rights, labor, civil rights, faith-based institutions, and other social justice organizations.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $9.

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies