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Teachers College Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship

  • February 24, 2016 6:35 PM
    Message # 3842899
    Deandra Taylor (Administrator)


    MEDIA CONTACT:  Robin Verges,

    Gladwyn Lopez,




    Teachers College Minority Post-Doctoral Fellows to Gather for 20th Anniversary Reunion on March 4


    On Friday, March 4, Teachers College hosts the 20th anniversary reunion of its Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship alumni featuring a keynote address, "Power Gap: An Historian’s Take on Leadership Challenges in Post‐ Obama America," by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

    More than half of the 30-plus Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship alumni will gather at Teachers College (TC), Columbia University on March 4 to celebrate 20 years of the College’s post-doctoral program, which fosters and supports talented and promising academic scholars of color and scholarship and other historically underrepresented groups. In discussing the history of the program, its impact on higher education and what is needed for the future, fellows will join at Teachers College to explore issues arising from racism and prejudice that are as old as the country and as contemporary as today’s headlines.

    The celebration comes at a critical time as students of color have held demonstrations at colleges and universities across the nation to call attention to racial inequity and marginalization on college campuses and in American society at large.

    Here are links to bios of most of the 30+ Fellows:

    Along with a posting on the Fellowship:


    The daylong celebration will include:

    • 10:30 – noon, Panel Discussion: “What is the Purpose of a Minority Post-Doctoral Program in 2016?” – moderated by Teachers College Professor of Education Michelle Knight, Milbank Chapel
    • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Keynote Address, "Power Gap: An Historian’s Take on Leadership Challenges in PostObama America, " by Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City
    • 6-8 p.m., “Art + Experience” Lounge, Fourth Floor, Macy Hall:  A presentation by Gregory Pardlo, an American poet, writer, and professor, whose book Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and who is a member of the creative writing faculty at Rutgers University-Camden.


    WHAT:   20th Anniversary Reunion of Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program


    WHERE:  Teachers College, Columbia University

    525 West 120th Street, New York City


    WHEN:   Friday, March 4, 2016

                    10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. – Panel discussions
                    6:00-8:00 pm – “Art + Experience” Lounge


    The Teachers College Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship was created in 1996 to advance the careers of individuals from groups in U.S. society that have been historically underrepresented in the academic profession, to advance scholarship on issues affecting such underrepresented groups, and to increase the diversity of scholars and those who prepare them nationwide. Twenty years later, the program's alumni include college deans, department heads, policy analysts, entrepreneurs and four current Teachers College faculty members.

    “We want to welcome faculty of color into higher education,” says TC Provost and Dean Thomas James. Yet thanks to the TC Fellows, he adds, "new funds of knowledge have been brought into the institution, new questions have been asked, new disciplinary perspectives have been seeded. That's what an academic community is all about.”

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