The 37th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series is February 18th at the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University-Newark. The series was founded by the late Dr. Clement A. Price and Giles Wright.
This year's MTW is once again being put together by Mark Krasovic, an assistant professor of history and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. Krasovic is also the interim director of the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience.
The theme of this year's one-day event is City Moves: Black Urban History Since 1967.
“This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Newark uprising. So we wanted MTW to mark that occasion in some way. But we wanted to do it in a way that sort of rethought what 1967 means to Newark and to American cities at large. I think a lot of people thought of that as a pivotal year, or as the moment when cities died.”
Krasovic and his team have put together another impressive list of speakers for next Saturday's event:
“Thomas J. Segru, who is a professor of history at NYU, and in my mind he is probably the most prominent urban historians working today. Also, we have, Mary Pattillo, an urban sociologist of race and class from Northwestern. Alandra Nelson, also a sociologist has written these amazing books on health, science, genetics and race. (She) will be coming to talk about the Black Panther parties, health and wellness programs. We have Nathan Connelly, who is a historian at Johns Hopkins, who wrote a book called ‘A World More Concrete’, which is about race and property rights and the civil rights movements in the Miami area.”
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