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Panel to Discuss Black Intellectualism

Story posted November 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Prominent black scholars from across the country will attend a roundtable discussion on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College.

The discussion, followed by a question-and-answer period, is open to the public free of charge.

"Race for 2000: Black Intellectuals and African-American Studies" will be moderated by Randolph Stakeman, associate professor of history and director of the Africana Studies program. Panelists will discuss the academic and social pressures on young black scholars at the close of the century.

According to Eddie Glaude, assistant professor of religion and Africana studies, who is coordinating the discussion, many black intellectuals are for the first time being allowed to pursue academic careers without the pressure of joining a social cause as well.

"For the first time you have a generation of black scholars being trained at Ivy League schools without the burden of a movement behind them," said Glaude. "We've brought some of the youngest and brightest black intellectuals from the East Coast to reflect on what it's like to be a black intellectual."

Glaude said the forum is also an opportunity to "give some attention to these new voices."

Among those scheduled to participate are Gina Dent, Columbia University; Farah Griffin, University of Pennsylvania; William Hart, Duke University; Paul Taylor, University of Kentucky; Wahneema Lubiano, Duke University; and Lucius Outlaw, Haverford College. The event is sponsored by Afro-Am Society, the Africana Studies program and the Office of the President.

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