Grace Holt Lecture
This has been a challenging academic year--a continued budget impasse in Springfield; a political climate that has caused distress for many students, staff and faculty; crises and conflict in and among Chicago's black communities; and the demise of several Black Studies programs throughout the state. We believe that training in African American Studies is critical for our students as they enter an increasingly tumultuous world, and that we provide an important companion to many professions ranging from health care, to business, to law, and public policy. This was Grace Holt's vision and we are committed to sustaining it even in challenging times.
The theme for this year's Grace Holt Celebration is The Future of African American Studies and it will be held on Monday March 6, 2017.
The Legacy Luncheon begins at noon at the African American Cultural Center. This is an opportunity for alumni and students to connect. We will also present this year's Grace Holt student awards at this event. Guests include Greg Gaither, Founder of Illinois African American Juvenile Justice Center, Nakisha Hobbs, Principle and co-founder of Village Leadership Academy and, Zorgie Sanchez, graduate student (2016).
In the evening, at 4:30 p.m., the Grace Holt Celebration features a Roundtable of African American Scholars who represent the future of the field. They include Dr. Christopher Cameron [http://www.aaihs.org/aaihs-officers/], Dr. Sherie Randolph [http://www.sheriemrandolph.com/], and Dr. Aisha Finch [http://cbsc.ucla.edu/people/] and the moderator will be our own faculty member Dr. Roderick Ferguson. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion with audience members and a reception.