Mount Union to Host Black History Month Keynote Speaker

February 05, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – In commemoration of Black History Month, the University of Mount Union will host keynote speaker Dr. Rich Milner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12 in Presser Recital Hall.

Milner will present, “So What Are You Going To Do? The Call to Action in an Era of Apathy.”

Milner is Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, professor of education, social work (by courtesy) and Professor of Africana Studies (by courtesy) as well as Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he is a policy fellow of the National Education Policy Center. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature and the sociology of education. In particular, Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher success in urban schools.   Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals and he has published five books.

Currently, Milner is Editor-in-Chief of Urban Educationand co-editor of the Handbook of Urban Education. His book, “Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms,” will be released in April. In this book, Milner provides educators with a crucial understanding of how to teach students of color who live in poverty and proposes effective practices for school leaders and teachers who are committed to creating the best educational opportunities for these students.

Other events planned for Black History Month at Mount Union include a movie screening of “Dear White People” at 8 p.m. Friday, February 13 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center and a Black Student Union round table discussion at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19 in the East Room. In addition, a special soul food menu will be served in the Kresge Dining Commons on February 25 and February 27.

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