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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: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/minority-post-doctoral-fellows/fellows/
Along with a posting on the Fellowship: http://t4.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2016/february/launching-careers-and-widening-the-discourse-tcs-minority-postdoctoral-program/
The daylong celebration will include:
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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