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Former U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek Named Visiting Fellow at Howard University Ronald W. Walters Center

Kendrick B. Meek WASHINGTON (August 29, 2014) – The Howard University Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center recently announced Kendrick B. Meek, a former member of the U.S House of Representatives and former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, as the institute’s visiting fellow for 2014-15 academic year. As a member of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Meek was instrumental in pioneering legislation creating new trade incentives for Haiti. He has been both a staunch supporter of the Haitian Diaspora and a leader on issues challenging the country.

As a visiting fellow, elected or appointed officials are chosen to share their expertise with the Walters Center and the greater campus community. Meek will facilitate lectures on topics that will include both foreign and domestic policy. He will also contribute to informational sessions geared toward students.

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Posted on: 09/08/2014

Registration Open: Smithsonian Institution's Career Center Conference (Dec 4 & 5)

Registration is now open for the Smithsonian's Career Center Conference. It will be held Thursday December 4 and Friday December 5 (half-day) at the Warner Bros Theater inside the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC (not to be confused with the Warner Theater on 13th St.)

This conference is designed to engage, educate and empower career center professionals, professors, deans, youth development professionals and anyone who gives career advice to students! However, it is not designed for the prospective applicant.

We will have presentations, panels, networking opportunities and other special treats for you this year! Topics like diversity and inclusion, formalized partnerships, former intern/fellow, current staff, amazing internship projects and independent research fellowships will be covered!

Posted on: 09/08/2014

"Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University: Building a Legacy of Black History" by Janet Sims-Wood

When Dorothy Burnett joined the library staff at Howard University in 1928, she was given a mandate to administer a library of Negro life and history. The school purchased the Arthur B. Spingarn Collection in 1946, along with other collections, and Burnett, who would later become Dorothy Porter Wesley, helped create a world-class archive known as the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and cemented her place as an immensely important figure in the preservation of African American history. Wesley's zeal for unearthing materials related to African American history earned her the name of "Shopping Bag Lady". Join author, historian and former Howard University librarian Janet Sims-Wood as she charts the award-winning and distinguished career of an iconic archivist

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Posted on: 09/05/2014

Digital Technology Survey: Tools, and methods in for professional communication, teaching, learning, and research of African American History

Scholar Pero Gaglo Dagbovie initiated a conversation about the Internet and history pedagogy in his essay "Strategies for Teaching African American History: Musings from the Past, Ruminations for the Future" (Journal of Negro Education, Vol. 75, No. 4, Fall 2006, pp. 635-648; posted at http://www.jstor.org/stable/40034663). Dagbovie correctly affirmed that "Professors of African American history must acknowledge that their students rely on the Internet" and highlighted Alkalimat's seminal work The African American Experience in Cyberspace: A Reference Guide to the Best Websites on Black Culture and History (2004).

Dagbovie's essay focused primarily on theoretical approaches to content as opposed to digital technologies and their impact on content access, presentation, delivery, and digital modes and means of the phases of historical production as outlined by the late Michel Rolfe-Trouillot in Silencing The Past: Power and The Production of History. The comprehensive report, after the survey, envisions to continue serve as an extension to Dagbovie's essay and others.

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Posted on: 08/15/2014

New book sounds national alarm on U.S. education crisis

La Vonne I. Neal, the dean of the Northern Illinois University College of Education, and two of her close colleagues from the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) are firing up their advocacy for answering catastrophic "systemic challenges" with "systemic solutions" that promote social justice and equity.

Neal, along with Christine E. Sleeter of California State University-Monterey Bay and Kevin K. Kumashiro of the University of San Francisco, are sounding a national alarm through the Aug. 14 publication of "Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers."

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Posted on: 08/07/2014

Appointment to the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site Advisory Commission

Mary McLeod Bethune achieved her greatest recognition at the Washington, DC townhouse that is now this National Historic Site. The Council House was the first headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and was Bethune's last home in Washington, DC. From here, Bethune and the NCNW spearheaded strategies and developed programs that advanced the interests of African American women.

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Posted on: 07/30/2014