The Institute for African American Research at the University of South Carolina will present a special conference titled "The University of South Carolina and African American Research in the 21st Century" on March 24-26, 2010 at USC in Columbia. The conference will examine three themes critical to African American research in South Carolina today: public health, education, and immigration. The conference is free and open to the public. SC Humanities supported the conference through a Major Grant in September 2009.
The conference wil open with a message from President Harris Pastides followed by a keynote address from Dr. Henrie Monteith Treadwell, the Director of The Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at Morehouse School of Medicine. Treadwell helped desegregate the University of South Carolina and was one of its first African American graduates. Other speakers include Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes who will speak about issues of public health and race, Dr. James Scheurich who will address education, and Dr. Arlene Torres who will open the discussion on immigration.
For more detailed information about the schedule of events of "The Unversity of South Carolina and African American Research in the 21st Century," please see the website of the Institute for African American Research: http://www.cas.sc.edu/iaar/.
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