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Notable Awards for Three African American Faculty Members

The three honorees are Faye Belgrave, University Professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Aldon Morris, who holds an endowed chair at Northwestern University, and Jeremy Winston, an assistant professor of music and chorus director at Central State University in Ohio.

New Website Pays Tribute to Black Grandmothers

LaShawnDa Pittman, an assistant professor of American ethnic studies at the University of Washington, has established the website Real Black Grandmothers where she presents oral histories of African American grandmothers who play a vital role in the Black community.

David R. Harris Chosen to Be President of Union College in Schenectady, New York

Since July 2012, Dr. Harris has served as senior vice president and provost at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Previously, he was senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University.

Race Determined to Be a Major Factor for Employment of Breast Cancer Survivors

In a study conducted at Washington University in St. Louis, the data showed that African-American patients were four times more likely to leave the workforce despite fighting a cancer with high survival rates than was the case for White patients of the same age.

In Memoriam: Lerone Bennett Jr., 1928-2018

Lerone Bennett, Jr. was a highly respected historian of the African American experience. He served as an editor at Ebony magazine for more than a half century and taught at Northwestern University.

Does a College Education Lead to Future Long-Term Health Problems for Some Blacks?

College graduates enjoy healthier, longer lives compared with individuals who do not graduate from college. But a new study finds that the health benefit of educational attainment is not as great for Blacks as it is for Whites.

James H. Cone to Receive the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

The Grawemeyer Award in religion is given to individuals who publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between humans and the divine. The award comes with a $100,000 prize.

The Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy Launches at Northwestern University

The new center, which will be housed in the department of political science, aims to foster research, dialogue and analysis regarding the ways in which democracy, diversity and politics interact in the United States and in nations around the globe.

Americans Are Unaware of the Vast Racial Disparities in Economic Well-Being

The researchers weighed participants’ estimates on several economic indicators against federal data and found that average estimates of current levels of racial economic equality exceeded reality by roughly 25 percent.

Racial Discrimination in Hiring Remains Entrenched

The authors examined 28 different studies representing 55,842 job applications submitted for 26,326 positions. They found that since 1989, Whites receive on average 36 percent more callbacks than African Americans and that this rate remained constant over the period.

Darlene Clark Hine Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From the Southern Historical Association

The John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award is given out every five years. The award committee stated that "we cannot conceive of a more deserving candidate. Hine's career has been deeply active, productive, and consequential."

Natasha Trethewey Wins the $250,000 Heinz Award in Arts and Humanities

Natasha Trethewey, the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been selected to receive the Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities. The award comes with an unrestricted $250,000 prize. She will be honored in Pittsburgh on October 18.

Racial Differences in Sleep Patterns Impact Overall Racial Health Disparities

A new study by researchers at Auburn University in Alabama, Northwestern University in Illinois, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that a lack of sleep is a major contributing factor in higher incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes among African Americans.

Gail Baker Is the New Provost at the University of San Diego

Since 2006 Dr. Baker had been serving as dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Earlier, she was a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

Frederick Harris Named Dean of Social Science at Columbia University

Dr. Harris is a professor of political science at Columbia University in New York City and is the director of Center on African American Politics and Society. Professor Harris joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2007.

Five African Americans in New Administrative Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Barbee Oakes at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Maurice Stinnett at Cleveland State University, Elaine L. Westbrooks at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Nsombi B. Ricketts at Northwestern University, and Nick Wallace at Syracuse University.

The New Dean of the School of Divinity at Shaw University in North Carolina

Johnny Bernard Hill has been serving as an associate professor of philosophy and religion at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Earlier in his career Dr. Hill was an associate professor of theology at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

New Administrative Duties for Four African Americans in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Karyn Scissum Gunn at California State University, Fullerton, Kenton W. Rainey at the University of Chicago, Damon L. Williams at Northwestern University in Illinois, and Charles Isbell at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

Taking on new administrative duties are Melissa Shivers at the University of Iowa, D. Paul Monteiro Jr. at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Dwight Hamilton at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Princeton University Scholar Cancels Speaking Tour After Receiving Death Threats

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African American studies at Princeton University, cancelled a series of public events after she received death threats after she gave the commencement address at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

Berkeley Psychologist Looks to End Bias in School Discipline

Jason Okonofua, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley has developed an online intervention program that allows school teachers to examine their implicit racial bias before handing out punishment for students in need of discipline.

Documenting the African American Experience at Northwestern University

Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, will soon have a permanent exhibition space documenting the lives of Black students, faculty, and alumni at the university. Charla Wilson will join the staff at Northwestern University Libraries as the inaugural Archivist for the Black Experience.

Black Americans Living in Racially Segregated Areas at Greater Risk for High Blood Pressure

The study followed nearly 2,300 African Americans over a 25-year period. They found that those African Americans who moved to diverse neighborhoods saw a decrease in blood pressure and those that remained in diverse areas saw their blood pressure drop even more.

Two Major Black Scholars Retiring From High-Ranking Universities

Willie Ruff, a professor at the Yale School of Music, is retiring after teaching at the university since 1971. Also retiring is Darlene Clark Hine, a professor of history and professor of African American studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Bennett College in North Carolina Names a Building in Honor of Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta B. Cole, the former president of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, was recognized by having a dormitory named in her honor on the college's campus. The Johnnetta Betch Cole Honors Hall will be reserved for students with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The Next Provost at Emory University in Atlanta

Dr. Dwight McBride is the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American studies, English, and Performance Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. There, he also serves as dean of the Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education.

Florida State’s Andre J. Thomas Honored by the American Choral Directors Association

The award is the highest honor conferred by the American Choral Directors Association. It is given out every two years to a choral leader who has made unusual contributions to the art of choral music.

Mohamed Camara to Chair the Department of Africana Studies at Howard University

Dr. Camara has been serving as associate vice president for academics, speaker of the Faculty Senate, and director of the McNair Scholars Program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Jonathan Holloway to Be the Next Provost at Northwestern University

Dr. Holloway is dean of Yale College and the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies. He will begin his new duties as provost at Northwestern University in the summer of 2017.

In Memoriam: Daniel O. Bernstine, 1947-2016

Daniel O. Bernstine was president of the Law School Admission Council. Earlier in his career, he served for 10 years as president of Portland State University in Oregon.

Northwestern University Report Examines the Black Student Experience on Campus

A new report issued by the Black Student Experience Taskforce at Northwestern University presents a detailed look at the status of African American students at the university.

Sports Journalism Program at Northwestern Hires a Celebrity Leader

J.A. Adande, a sports journalist who is a regular on the ESPN networks, is the new director of the sports journalism program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Historians Recommend Reconstruction Era Sites for Inclusion in National Parks System

Possible sites relating to the Reconstruction period that could be include in the park system, according to the authors of a new study, are Vicksburg and Natchez in Mississippi, New Orleans, and Memphis.

University of Michigan Study Finds Many Black Men Routinely Face Discrimination

The findings included data that found that 20 percent of Black men reported that people they encountered acted like they were better than them on a daily or weekly basis. One in 10 Black men said that people acted as if they were afraid of them.

Professor Glenn Loury Honored by the American Economic Association

Glenn C. Loury, the Merton P. Stolz Professor of the social sciences and professor of economics at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Attica Locke to Receive the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

The Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is presented by the University of Alabama Law School and the ABA Journal. Locke is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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