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#FergusonSyllabus organizer to speak at Albright

Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D., will present Albright College’s 2019 Mellon Lecture on “Better living through the humanities,” Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m., in the McMillan Student Center South Lounge. The discussion features Chatelain’s intersection between academic research in African American life, history and public scholarship. Free and open to the public, Albright’s annual Mellon Lectures are made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Named a Top Influencer in Higher Education by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chatelain is the author of “South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration,” and is a public voice on the history of African American children and race in America. In 2014, Chatelain organized her fellow scholars in a social media response to the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., entitled #FergusonSyllabus. The initiative led to similar movements online and has shaped curricular projects in K-12 settings, as well as academia.


Chatelain’s voice has been heard in articles from the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post, and she has appeared on local television and national outlets including C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, BBC-America, and PBS.


Now the provost’s distinguished associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, Chatelain will discuss how her graduate training prepared her to make a difference inside and outside of academia.


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